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December 20, 1985

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota School of Public Health Minneapolis


edited by Robert H. Binstock and Ethel Shanas (The Handbooks of Aging, James E. Birren, ed in chief), ed 2; 809 pp, with illus, $65, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1985;254(23):3374. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360230106038

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All of those interested in the problems of aging will welcome the appearance of the second edition of the series The Handbooks of Aging. The other two books in the series cover the biology and psychology of aging. This handbook is specifically designed to complement, but not to duplicate, the work of the first edition. It offers a treasure trove of information about the elderly and a vivid demonstration of what the social sciences can offer to our understanding of aging. Carefully crafted and well designed, it serves as an invaluable reference. Each of the chapters is well documented and provides ready access to the literature on the subject covered.

It is assuredly not a book to be read at a single sitting or even from cover to cover. Because its primary value is as a reference, it is disappointing to note that the index is not well constructed for