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Practical Guide to the Care of the Geriatric Patient: Practical Guide Series, 3e

Practical Guide to the Care of the Geriatric Patient: Practical Guide Series, 3e
Author: Tom J. Wachtel MD - Marsha D. Fretwell MD
ISBN 13: 9780323036719
ISBN 10: 323036716
Edition: 3
Publisher: Mosby
Publication Date: 2007-09-11
Format: Spiral-bound
Pages: 784
List Price: $57.95

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!

  • The latest clinical information on all facets of caring for the older patient, from assessment and health maintenance through to geriatric rehabilitation and socioeconomic and legal issues, helps you provide effective, state-of-the-art care.
  • A comprehensive chapter on optimal pharmacotherapy helps you select the best treatment options and avoid adverse drug interactions for each patient.
  • Authoritative guidance on house calls, respite care, nursing home care, and hospice care and pain management enhances the quality of life for your patients.
  • Helpful treatment algorithms, graphs, comparative tables, appendices, and more, streamline patient management.

  • Over 40 new topics included in 3rd edition, including the latest information on insomnia, restless leg syndrome, wound care, gout, hip fracture, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, the elderly driver, multicultural geriatric care, and more . . .
  • New appendices added for functional assessment and mini-cog assessment.
  • New wipe-clean cover will protect the book from frequent use on the wards!

Doody Review Services

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.