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Geriatric medicine is an exciting and expanding field of medical activity. Current
medical students, trainee nurses and other health professionals belong to the first
generation of students to receive formal training in the care of older people. This
training will be increasingly important as our population ages and all health
professionals in every speciality care for larger numbers of old and 'old old' people.
A text for undergraduates who are still building the framework of their knowledge
needs to be easy to read and sufficiently comprehensive to stimulate interest. This book
fulfils these requirements. It is user friendly and is relevant as a reference for people
from many disciplines.
This second edition has three new chapters, New Models of Service Delivery, Cancer
and Palliative Care and Residential Care. The chapters on New Models of Service
Delivery and Residential Care are written specifically for Australian and New Zealand
professionals. No other text provides this information. Other sections have been revised
to include changes in knowledge or practice, so that this text is current for the start of
the new century.
This book is a valuable resource for all health professionals commencing the study of
geriatric medicine and will assist in training the current generation to provide the
highest quality of health care to older people in the future.
The first edition of this book was a popular text with medical students and nurses for
several years and I anticipate this second edition will be equally successful.
Professorof Geriatric Medicine
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia