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April 5, 1985

Handbook of Geriatric Emergency Care

Author Affiliations

Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center Bronx, NY

JAMA. 1985;253(13):1940. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350370136048

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As is noted in the introductory material of this book, the elderly are disproportionate utilizers of the emergency department. One can thus anticipate great need on the part of the emergency physician for guidance with geriatric emergency care. This oversized paperbound book presents, in addition to introductory material, a longish section on "Emergency Medical Disorders" and sections on "Psychiatric Emergencies" and "Nursing and Long Term Care Management."

For some of the urban elderly the emergency department often functions as a locus for primary care. Because of its attempt to cover both primary and emergency care, this volume certainly goes beyond one's first anticipations, and thus some of the topics included seemed rather borderline. "Emergency Medical Disorders" covers not only the usual cardiovascular, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal emergencies but also rather peripheral topics such as foot problems and urinary incontinence. Even dermatologic disorders such as dry skin and pruritus are among the