That the publisher of this book has seen fit to publish a third edition is evidence enough that it has merit and appeals to a fairly large audience. Common to all books with multiple contributors (this one has 39 individuals writing 28 chapters), it is a mixture of good and bad writing, superficiality and depth, and useful and useless information.
Despite sporadic emphasis on treating the geriatric patient as an individual, the book is organized into chapters, many of which view the patient through the gun barrels of multiple medical specialties and subspecialties. Indeed, this compartmentalization and division of the aged person into various "aspects" makes one wonder about the audience to which the book is directed. For the subspecialist, much of the text tells him what he already knows; for the general internist, general surgeon, and general practitioner, much of the information is not pertinent, or else it is