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Book and Media Reviews
February 22/29, 2012

Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia (ira.katz2@va.gov).

JAMA. 2012;307(8):865. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.206

Medical texts should be assessed with their clinical, scientific, and public health contexts in mind. For the third edition of Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, edited by Mohammed Abou-Saleh, Cornelius Katona, and Anand Kumar, the scientific context reflects the major advances in neuroscience, clinical epidemiology, and health services research that have taken place since the publication of the second edition in 2002. The clinical and public health contexts have become more complex. Care for the disorders of the aging mind and brain now fall within the scope of medical specialties including neurology and geriatrics as well as psychiatry. However, to a large and increasing extent, care for these conditions is provided within primary care. Where and how care is delivered in coming years will be determined by the aging of the US population, the future of Medicare, and the way treatment of older adults is structured within health care systems as they are shaped by health care reform.