If you need a practical, portable resource to get you through the day-to-day management of older patients, Practical Guide to the Care of the Geriatric Patient is the answer! It zeroes in on the differential diagnoses, clinical findings, lab values, and treatment guidelines you need...and makes them easy to access quickly!
Reviewer:David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description:This multiauthored textbook of geriatric medicine is presented in a compact, manual-type format. It updates the previous edition published in 1997.
Purpose:It is intended as a broad yet compressed reference in clinical geriatrics that can serve as a one-source guide to care of older patients. The book meets these goals handsomely.
Audience:The audience comprises students, house officers, and clinicians caring for older persons. The authors are all well versed in the field.
Features:Sections on such areas as biology/demographics of aging, geriatric assessment, and health maintenance start the book. Following are sections on syndromes, nutrition, wound care, and cognitive dysfunction as well as a very thoughtful section on cooperation with care plans. A section on disease by organ system is followed by sections on pharmacotherapy, long-term care, and rehabilitation. The concluding sections cover medicolegal affairs and alcoholism. The chapter on cultural competence is especially good at explaining how to operationalize the approach.
Assessment:This is one excellent little book that distills an amazing amount of information into a compact format. The differential diagnosis and workups are clearly presented throughout. The approach to the patient is emphasized in this well edited book with a clear, consistent style of writing. The chapters on assessment, cultural competence, and planning a medication regimen show refinement of thought. This is a fresh and original approach to geriatric medicine with information not found elsewhere. This book will enjoy wide readership and use.