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May 23, 1980


Author Affiliations

Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center New York

JAMA. 1980;243(20):2096. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300460062041

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There appears to be growing agreement regarding the existence of an identifiable and substantive body of medical knowledge that can be called geriatrics, whether it is taught in a separate course or scattered through the medical and postgraduate curriculums. The present book, volume 1 of a Guidelines in Medicine series, successfully expounds some of this knowledge and does so in an economical, almost summary, manner.

Unlike weightier textbooks of geriatric medicine, this volume will more readily skim off the cream for those who wish to read and run. In concise form the geriatric topics considered include special features of medicine in old age, mental disorders, CNS and special senses, nutrition, principles of drug therapy, and the various systems—cardiovascular, urogenital, and respiratory—all in some 340 pages. Many interesting topics—"senile squalor syndrome," differential diagnosis of falls, hypothermia, and heart murmurs of the elderly—are succinctly described. Based on English experience, some of the