Any senior citizen who has ever felt belittled by their doctor regarding a health problem will find a welcome ally in geriatric physician Lachs. As he emphasizes in this exceptionally written guide to finding good medical advice, “ageism” is an unfortunate prejudice often experienced by the elderly during hospital visits. Yet Lachs offers more than just a critique of his less-sensitive colleagues, doling out a wealth of advice on how to demand the best medical care while navigating today’s increasingly complex health-care system. Here one can find invaluable guidance on how to pick a good primary care doctor, choose the best nursing home, avoid hospital system “cracks you didn’t even know you could fall through,” and even stave off age-related illnesses. To go along with his insider’s knowledge of geriatric medicine, Lachs has a stand-up comedian’s sense of rhetorical delivery, and keeps readers amused with patient-related anecdotes while keeping them informed. An indispensable health-care handbook for both seniors and their loved ones. --Carl Hays
About the Author
Dr. Mark Lachs is a physician, scientist, and gerontologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. His research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and he has appeared on The Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, and in many other national and local media outlets. His numerous honors and awards include a National Institute on Aging Academic Leadership Award and a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholarship (the country’s preeminent career award in aging). He and his wife, Susan, a nurse practitioner, have three children and live in Connecticut.