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Biological aspects of human ageing

Bittles, A.H. (1991) Biological aspects of human ageing. In: Jacoby, R. and Oppenheimer, C., (eds.) Psychiatry in the Elderly. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, pp. 3-34.


Geriatric psychiatry has become established as a specialty in Europe, North America, and elsewhere.Psychiatry in the Elderycovers all aspects of this important field. It is written from a multi-disciplinary standpoint by 43 contributors. Their approach was to combine up-to-date reviews of the scientific state of the subject with hands-on practical advice and instruction on clinical diagnosis and management. The resulting book brings together for the first time sections on the basic sciences (epidemiology, psychology, sociology, and pathology), the principles of clinical practice, and straightforward accounts of the specific conditions met by old age psychiatrists. The care of the elderly has ceased to focus exclusively on custodial management and has moved towards active intervention in all types of cases with consequent improvement in prognosis and quality of life. This book should prove ideal for trainees in psychiatry and geriatrics, but it is comprehensive enough to become indispensable to specialist physicians and to other disciplines, such as nursing, social work, clinical pschology and occupational therapy, where it will be used for systematic study and reference.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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