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Enlarged with some noteworthy additions and a few unhappy deletions, Cowdry's The Care of the Geriatric Patient has been reissued in its fifth edition. In general, the current edition is of excellent quality and serves as an elegant memorial to Dr. Cowdry, who died in 1975.
The first of the book's five sections is devoted to medical geriatric issues; there are excellent chapters on cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, and musculoskeletal disease. A new chapter covers diabetes mellitus; its author plumps heavily against use of oral hypoglycemic agents The fourth-edition chapter on geriatric endocrinology has been omitted, with the unfortunate
Cowdry's The Care of the Geriatric Patient.. Ann Intern Med. ;87:133. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-1-133_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(1):133.
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