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Book and Media Reviews
April 16, 2008

Geriatric Anesthesiology

JAMA. 2008;299(15):1839-1840. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1839

My 95-year-old grandmother was recently admitted to the hospital with a hip fracture. She fell at her home while leaning against an open refrigerator door that swung closed against her weight (85 lb). As a child, I had seen her dance around this same kitchen while making perfect red sauce potato gnocchi; now, as an anesthesiologist, my mind moved from that pleasant memory to concern about her imminent anesthetic care.

The second edition of Geriatric Anesthesiology has never been more relevant. Patients 65 years and older currently comprise a disproportionately larger share of surgical cases, and this number will only increase. Recognizing this trend, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently mandated increased requirements for geriatric anesthesia education during residency.