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Books, Journals, New Media
November 3, 2004

Geriatric Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2154-a

An 88-year-old man who fought in World War II has increasing nightmares about combat. He has a remote history of alcohol abuse, insulin-dependent diabetes with a below-knee amputation, renal insufficiency, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and probable mild cognitive impairment. His wife has “her own medical problems,” and their three out-of-state grown children do not trust the in-home caregivers or each other. He comes to the clinic complaining of depression and requesting an increase of his benzodiazepine dosage to help him sleep. He is taking 12 medications, including coumadin. An automatic reminder pops up on the computer screen saying that he needs his advance directives updated. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatryassembles contributions by well-known and respected American experts in a third edition to help physicians deal with the challenges presented by such elderly psychiatric patients.