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May 8, 1996

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(18):1452-1453. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530420080046

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Since the first edition of The Merck Manual of Geriatrics was published in 1990, the field of geriatrics has evolved. In large part, the results of basic and clinical research have increased the depth and breadth of knowledge available to practitioners.

As examples, new treatments for osteoporosis and the effects of specific exercise prescriptions have been published since the first edition. At the same time, practitioners are increasingly asked to care for older persons with a multitude of challenging issues in a variety of settings. For instance, such care includes effectively evaluating older impaired patients who drive and efficiently caring for nursing home residents with complex multiple problems. Such issues have been increasingly defined, explored, and evaluated in the literature. These and the many other new concepts, diagnostics, and therapeutics have been well incorporated into the second edition of The Merck Manual of Geriatrics.

In the tradition of The Merck