July 1980

Surgical Problems in the Aged

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Stanford, Calif


edited by K. D. J. Vowles, 200 pp, Bristol, England, John Wright & Sons Ltd, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(7):895. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380070081031

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As one approaching the classification of elderly (60 to 74 years of age) as opposed to aged (75 years and older), I am delighted to review this excellent monograph on surgical problems in the aged edited by K. D. J. Vowles and a panel of consultants from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, England. The monograph is full of practical answers to the problems facing surgeons who will be dealing with the problems of the aged in an increasingly greater number. There are excellent charts that provide statistical data on the increasing mortality in the aged and on the decline in various human functional capacities with age, as well as many charts giving the incidence of various problems in this age group, as compared with similar problems in younger patients.

The various chapters are presented in a way that impresses the experienced surgeon with the soundness of the observations and

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