The worldwide increase in life expectancy and in the number of older persons in developed and developing countries has resulted in the evolution of geriatric medicine as a specialized field. Although geriatric medicine as a specialty was developed and nurtured decades earlier in Great Britain, the publication of the first edition of the Principles of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in 1985 served as a catalyst for the development of geriatrics as a scientifically based medical discipline in the United States. The 5 editions published over the next 2 decades firmly established this textbook as a fundamental and well-respected reference for all clinicians caring for older patients.
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