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With the upsurge in interest in geriatrics as a health care speciality, the idea of creating a quick reference manual for those who take care of aged patients is both relevant and timely. Drs Wohl and Schiff clearly state the facts that an increasing geriatric population and the institution of diagnosis-related groups along with new Medicare regulations will indeed place more acute geriatric patients in extended care facilities. Thus, there will be a need for more knowledgeable professionals to take care of these patients.
This text was created to provide guidelines for care of the common day-to-day problems encountered by nursing home staff (primarily nurses). It does not purport to be a comprehensive guide on geriatric care or chronic disease. The authors should be commended for their attempt to provide a general, useful manual on elderly patient care. Unfortunately, owing to the brevity and generality of the content, the book
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