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July 20, 2011

Fractures in the Elderly: A Guide to Practical Management

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (ontjes@med.unc.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(3):319-320. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1006

One of 2 women and 1 of 4 men will sustain an osteoporotic fracture during their lives. As emphasized by this text, a woman's risk of hip fracture in the United States is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. Most fractures occurring in elderly persons are related to osteoporosis. This timely book aims to provide up-to-date information on the prevention of fractures in the elderly as well as current best management practices for dealing with fractures once they have occurred. Because many patients with fractures will have concurrent medical problems affecting their surgical risks and prospects for recovery, this text takes a broad, multidisciplinary approach. Most of the 31 contributors are drawn from the departments of medicine, orthopedics, and anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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