Reviews and Notes: Geriatrics: Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics. Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:998-999. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-121-12-199412150-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(12):998-999.
Third edition. Robert L. Kane, Joseph C. Ouslander, and Itamar B. Abrass; eds. 524 pages. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1994. $30.00.
A pocket-sized, inexpensive manual of geriatric medicine was an attractive idea when the first edition was published 10 years ago. The book was appropriately received and widely used, as the publication of a third edition proves.
Seventeen chapters are organized in three sections: “The Aging Patient and Geriatric Assessment,” “Differential Diagnosis and Management,” and “General Management Strategies.” Although authors of individual chapters are not identified, some of the best pieces reflect major interests of the three editors. These include chapters on demography and epidemiology, evaluation of the elderly patient, incontinence, and nursing home care. In a book that aims at conciseness, some omissions are bound to occur, but it is surprising to find cancer, the second cause of death among the elderly, mentioned only in passing, with clinical detail given only for cancer of the thyroid. Other problems commonly afflicting the elderly but not covered here include sexuality, alcoholism, low-back pain, and herpes zoster.
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