Description: This is a series of essays on the theme of injury in older persons.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review what is known about injury from various etiologies in older persons and how the changes of aging alter the response to traumatic injury in older persons.
Audience: The audience for this book would be geriatricians, emergency medicine physicians, trauma surgeons, general surgeons, orthopedists, and primary care physicians.
Features: In some chapters there are beautiful photographs of pathologic material related to trauma in older persons. Other graphs and tables are well displayed.
Assessment: This book, written by physicians in the United Kingdom, gives a particularly English view of trauma in older persons, especially in regard to home hypothermia and medical decision-making in incompetent individuals. The chapters are mostly bibliographic essays summarizing the extant literature. Those looking for an exposition of how to care for the injured old will not find it in this book. Sadly lacking is a discussion of nutrition vis-a-vis fluid management and recovery from injury in the elderly.