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January 1, 1982

Clinical Geriatrics

JAMA. 1982;247(1):86-87. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260064040

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This book is a major and important contribution to the newly developing field of geriatric medicine. The editor, who is also a contributor, is a well-known figure who, himself, has played no small role in promoting the importance of geriatric medicine as a clinical discipline and was a pioneer in developing home-care principles and practice. He has assembled a group of experts, many of whom are also contributors to this developing discipline, to write chapters in their fields of expertise.

One of the very worthwhile parts of this book is part 1, "Aging Changes," which contains four chapters dealing with anatomy of aging, organ-function decline with aging, cellular aging, and general aspects of aging. This part provides the biologic basis for many of the clinical chapters appearing in the last five parts, or most of the book. Most of the clinical chapters emphasize mechanisms and are well referenced.

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