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Overview

In an ageing population, geriatric medicine has become central to general practice, and to emergency and general internal medicine in the hospital setting. Diseases are more common in the older person, and can be particularly difficult to assess and to treat effectively in a field that has limited evidence, yet makes up a substantial proportion of the work of most clinicians. Fully updated, this second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine includes all the information required to deliver effective geriatric care. Guidance is given on a range of key treatment areas, indicating where practice differs from that of younger adults or is ill informed by evidence, where dangers lurk for the inexperienced clinician, and on the many ethical and clinical dilemmas common in geriatric practice. This accessible handbook is essential reading for all junior doctors and specialist trainees in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine, and for all medical and nursing staff who manage older people.

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: Part of the Oxford Handbook series from the U.K., this book focuses on the issues inherent in caring for the elderly. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The authors discuss the many reasons caring for the elderly requires special considerations and some of the problems encountered, such as the lack of focused research involving the elderly and changes in physiology due to age.
Audience: The audience is primarily U.K. clinicians. Clinicians in the U.S. must be mindful of the differences in the approaches to treating the elderly between the two countries.
Features: The book generally uses a bullet format to highlight the most salient differences between treating the elderly and younger patients. The chapters are based upon traditional organ systems and in each chapter there are pages on specific topics, such as cough, the aging lung, and delirium. Most helpful are the "How to" tables emphasizing the unique evaluations for the elderly. The book addresses philosophical questions such as who should be offered dialysis, not by giving hard and fast rules, but rather by looking at the additional considerations for elderly patients.
Assessment: This is a thoughtful and challenging book that is very serious reading for clinicians who frequently encounter elderly patients in their practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198530299
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/24/2006
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Lesley Bowker qualified in 1990 from Southampton. Further training was in Wessex (SHO and registrar jobs) and Oxford (senior registrar) followed by a year in Perth (Australia) as a senior lecturer. She was a 'career geriatrician' from early days and developed a research interest in practical clinical ethics especially relating to the elderly. Her DM thesis (awarded from Southampton in 2003) was in the practical and ethical issues surrounding life-sustaining treatment in the elderly person. Her consultant appointment at Norwich in 2002 allows her to combine clinical work with education as the clinical skills coordinator for the new school of medicine at UEA. Dr Smith trained at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1994. She went on to do house jobs and an SHO rotation at her training hospital, which is where she developed an interest in geriatric medicine. After an ITU post in Brighton, she joined the SpR training scheme for geriatrics and GIM in the Oxford region, completing in 2003. After maternity leave, Dr Smith was appointed as a part-time consultant in Community Geriatrics and GIM for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals. Her area of special interest is stroke.

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Table of Contents

1. Ageing

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