Reichel's Care of the Elderly: Clinical Aspects of Aging / Edition 6

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The sixth edition of Reichel’s Care of the Elderly: Clinical Aspects of Aging remains the pioneering text for the practicing physician confronted with the unique problems of an increasingly elderly population. Dr. William Reichel’s formative text is designed as a practical and useful guide for all levels of geriatric care, from medical students to geriatric specialists.

This book emphasizes clinical management and addressed problems from the simple to the highly complex. The renowned editors have revised every chapter and have included the most recent advances in elderly care. New chapters include hormonal therapy in post-menopausal women, drug therapy for Alzheimer’s sufferers, alternative medicine, the chronic understaffing of nursing homes, management of delirium, and ethical issues. Comprehensive and written for any clinicians caring for older patients (including family physicians, general internists, nurse practitioners, geriatricians, and other specialists), this esteemed text provides practical and trusted advice.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored, comprehensive textbook of geriatric medicine updates the 5th edition of 1999.
Purpose: It is intended as a practical and useful guide to the clinical management of the geriatric patient with simple to complex conditions. The book achieves these objectives successfully.
Audience: The audience ranges from medical students to practicing physicians and also includes allied health professionals seeking practical and relevant information in a comprehensive format. The authors are all experts in the areas in which they write.
Features: Of the 60 chapters, several stand out. The thorough and elegant chapter on exercise as a medicine for older persons by M. Fiatarone Singh is noteworthy. The chapters on aging in persons with developmental disabilities, HIV, gynecology, podiatry, and driving are not always found in other textbooks of geriatric medicine. Financing healthcare and preventing errors also stand out conceptually. The series of beautiful colored plates also stands out.
Assessment: I really like this book. The humanism that infused Dr. Reichel's original work shines through in this edition as well. Each author cares deeply about caring for older persons and clearly states how our current knowledge of gerontology and geriatrics ought to be applied day in and day out. The editors have done a marvelous job of editing so that there is an even style and tone throughout, which makes this book a pleasure to read. Many healthcare professionals should savor this most useful contribution to the literature of geriatric medicine.
From the Publisher
"The humanism that infused Dr. Reichel's original work shines through in this edition as well. Each author cares deeply about caring for older persons and clearly states how our current knowledge of gerontology and geriatrics ought to be applied day in and day out. The editors have done a marvelous job of editing so that there is an even style and tone throughout, which makes this book a pleasure to read. Many healthcare professionals should savor this most useful contribution to the literature of geriatric medicine."
--Doody's Review Service
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521869294
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,309,091
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Arenson (MD, Jefferson Medical College) is Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Arenson is also the Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Geriatric Education Center. Dr Arenson practises family and geriatric medicine at Jefferson Family Associates at the Philadelphia Senior Center.

Jan Busby-Whitehead (MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) is Associate Director for Clinical Affairs and Co-Director of the Carolina Program for Healthcare and Aging at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is also a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Aging and Health there.

Kenneth Brummel-Smith (MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine) is Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr Brummel-Smith is past president of the American Geriatrics Society.

James G. O'Brien (MB, University College, Dublin, Ireland) is Professor and Margaret Dorward Smock Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and Medical Director of the Geriatric Medicine Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky.

Mary H. Palmer (PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; BSN, University of Maryland School of Nursing), is Professor and Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr Palmer is also Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research: Uniting Scientists at the University of North Carolina.

William Reichel, MD, is Editor Emeritus and Consultant Editor of Reichel's Care of the Elderly: Clinical Aspects of Aging, 6th ed. Dr Reichel is an affiliated scholar of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Dr Reichel has published extensively on geriatric and family medicine and is a pioneer of the study of aging.

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Table of Contents

1. Essential principles in the care of the elderly; 2. Practical geriatric assessment; 3. Prevention for older adults; 4. Common complaints in the elderly; 5. Appropriate use of medications in the elderly; 6. Nutrition and aging; 7. Exercise for older patients; 8. Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and the metabolic syndrome in the elderly patient; 9. Lipid abnormalities in older people; 10. Hypertension in the elderly; 11. Diagnosis and management of heart disease in the elderly; 12. Peripheral vascular disease in the elderly; 13. Stroke in the older adult; 14. Neurologic problems in the elderly; 15. Recognition and management of delirium; 16. Evaluation and management of dementia; 17. Clinical geropsychiatry, including chronic mental illness; 18. Alcohol and other drug abuse in older patients; 19. Aging in adults with developmental disabilities; 20. Pulmonary problems in the elderly; 21. Gastroenterologic disease in the aged; 22. Infections of the elderly; 23. HIV infection in older people; 24. Principles of fluid and electrolyte balance and renal disorders in the older patient; 25. Urologic problems of the elderly; 26. Urinary incontinence; 27. Geriatric gynecology; 28. The endocrinology of the aging; 29. Osteoporosis and other metabolic disorders of the skeleton in aging; 30. Musculoskeletal disorders in the elderly; 31. Musculoskeletal injuries in the elderly; 32. Foot health for the elderly; 33. Geriatric dermatology; 34. Pressure ulcers: practical considerations in prevention and management; 35. Anemia and other hematologic problems of the elderly; 36. Cancer in elderly patients; 37. Eye problems of the aged; 38. Geriatric ear, nose, and throat problems; 39. Geriatric dentistry; 40. Surgical principles in the aged; 41. Rehabilitation of the older person; 42. Community-based long-term care; 43. Institutional long-term care; 44. Care near the end of life: palliative care and hospice; 45. Evaluation of capacity; 46. Accidents in the elderly; 47. Mistreatment of older adults; 48. Driving and the older adult 49. Complementary or alternative medicine in the care of the elderly 50. Optimal aging: strategies for healthy aging; 51. Cell biology and the physiology of aging; 52. Implications of population aging for geriatric health; 53. Ethnic diversity in aging; 54. Retirement; 55. Sexuality Lisa Granville and; 56. The elderly, their families, and their caregivers; 57. Preventing errors in the care of the elderly; 58. Health care organization and planning; 59. Advance care planning; 60. Ethical issues in the care of the elderly, with case studies.
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