Geriatric Physical Diagnosis: A Guide to Observation and Assessment

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Informed by more than thirty years of experience, this guide provides a wealth of insight into the clinical observation, diagnosis and treatment of elderly patients. Organized geographically from (literally) head to toes, it concentrates on the basic geriatric physical examination with each chapter providing general information as well as helpful approaches to specific regional complaints. Emphasis is placed on assisting the dedicated clinician in becoming a more perceptive observer of elderly patients with honed skills in geriatric bedside diagnostic evaluation. The text also includes historical vignettes and anecdotes of great physical diagnosticians to demonstrate the evolution of clinical skills. Tables and line drawings complement the text.
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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: The work of a single author, this book reviews the physical diagnosis of older persons and is illustrated with superb line drawings instead of photographs.
Purpose: The purpose it to help motivated clinicians become more astute observers of older persons and to enhance bedside clinical examination. The author accomplishes these are worthy objectives handsomely.
Audience: Motivated clinicians of all stripes and all degrees of training can gain much from using this book. The author is an authority in this area and takes a scholarly approach, which is nowhere more in evidence than in his annotations of a carefully selected reading list.
Features: The book opens with three excellent chapters of general principles, the approach to the older patient, and the initial impression, followed by 23 chapters on physical examination by organ system and region that include evaluation of urinary incontinence and skin disease.
Assessment: This excellent scholarly book has much to savor. Included are useful tips on how to diagnose conditions from patterns of shoe wear. Older persons are heterogeneous, and so is the physical diagnosis of them. In some cases, the presence of rales can be ascribed to a variety of etiologies and other means must be used to differentiate among them. In frail older persons whose abdomens are normally quite scaphoid, the impacted abdomen is flat, which to the uninitiated, mimics the appearance of a normal abdomen in a younger adult. Thus, one must experience the subtleties of physical diagnosis in older persons, and this book is a most useful guide in doing so.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430093
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark E. Williams, M.D., is a physician with the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
A Personal Note     5
General Principles     9
The Approach to the Elderly Patient     11
Initial Impressions     19
The Vital Signs     32
The Hands and Wrists     48
The Upper Extremities     67
The Head     81
The Eyes     88
The Ears, Nose, Mouth and Throat     109
The Neck     124
The Lymph Nodes     131
The Back     135
The Breasts     141
The Respiratory System     144
The Cardiovascular System     159
The Abdomen     181
The Lower Extremities     198
The Peripheral Vascular Examination     213
The Female Genitalia     224
The Male Genitalia     230
The Neurological Examination     235
Evaluation of Mental Status     268
Assessment of Balance and Gait     274
Evaluation of Urinary Incontinence     285
Geriatric Skin Conditions     294
Useful References     307
Index     309
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