An enlightening quick-reference handbook for health and social service professionals working with elderly patients, but some...


The St Vincent's Hospital Handbook of Clinical Psychogeriatrics

This medical handbook covers a wide variety of topics related to diagnosing and caring for elderly people with psychiatric issues.

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, people are living longer than ever. Geriatric patients, however, face a number of unique challenges—mood disorders, dementia, the inability to live independently and more—and their families, caregivers and even social service providers might not know all the warning signs. How does one identify neglect? Is an elderly person’s sudden forgetfulness depression or dementia? What kinds of psychotherapies are most helpful for older people? The goal of Sydney-based Ayse and David Burke’s (a psychologist and physician, respectively) debut work is to help health professionals assess these issues in their patients or clients—or, in the authors’ words, “to provide a guide to the assessment and management of the common mental health problems in older people through the integrated, multidisciplinary perspectives of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and occupational therapy.” The book’s preface and first section focus on the importance of working together as a multidisciplinary team, but the dense prose style is difficult to parse, rendering the sections challenging for readers who aren’t medical professionals. Fortunately, the four subsequent sections are broken down into smaller, easy-to-comprehend parts that include several charts and graphs that explain the various mental illnesses an elderly patient might experience and compare the different diagnostic tools available. A few of the references could be outdated; the “Neuroimaging Findings in Dementia” section, for example, begins with structural neuroimaging guidelines that date back to 2001. Overall, much of the text seems geared toward medical and social service professionals (particularly those in Australia, who can access the various organizations listed), not the geriatric patients themselves or their concerned families. Nonetheless, a handful of the book’s subsections—especially those on mental capacity and guardianship, independent living and caregiver stress—could prove helpful to a caregiver. 

An enlightening quick-reference handbook for health and social service professionals working with elderly patients, but some sections might be too technical for the average reader.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1492167013

Page Count: 410

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2014

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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