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Book and Media Reviews
May 21, 2008

Anemia in the Elderly

JAMA. 2008;299(19):2331-2332. doi:10.1001/jama.299.19.2331

Anemia in the Elderly offers a thoughtful overview of a common yet underdiagnosed medical condition affecting nearly 3 million older adults in the United States. Throughout this book, the editors build a strong case for the clinical significance of anemia by highlighting key geriatric aspects of illness. Specific concerns of anemia include an increased risk of congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and cognitive disorders, as well as functional dependence and hospitalization. Aside from the high prevalence, the authors suggest that approximately 70% of anemia in older individuals is potentially reversible.