Views & Reviews Round Table

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1082 (Published 24 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1082
  1. Linda Kearney, Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin
  1. lindabkearney{at}gmail.com

    Elder abuse is a complex area of clinical practice and differs hugely from child abuse, as the older person consents to, and partners in, the assessment process. Even as older adults we have the right to behave in ways that may seem injudicious or foolish; and deciding at what point such situations might constitute elder abuse is one of the most complex areas of geriatric medicine. Artists can often handle complexity in a more approachable way than less articulate clinicians, and Marina Lewycka’s debut novel provides thought provoking insights into elder abuse. Written with acerbic wit and humour, this short novel is a hugely entertaining comedy of colourful characters. It also succeeds as an unexpectedly moving account of vulnerability in later life.

    It has valuable …

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