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October 22, 1997


Author Affiliations

Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, Mich

JAMA. 1997;278(16):1379-1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550160101051

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The third edition of Geriatric Medicine represents a substantial updating of the second edition, especially in the areas of geriatric primary care and delivery of care. As in the preceding two editions, the editors and contributors represent a collection of outstanding geriatric academicians. The chapters have been written by experts in such areas as demographics of aging, urinary incontinence, dementia, delirium, syncope, cardiovascular disease, and cancer in the elderly.

The new edition addresses to a greater extent than the prior two the practical aspects of rendering geriatric care. Most chapters include information on primary care of the geriatric patient in the home, outpatient clinic, emergency department, nursing home, and specialized geriatric inpatient facilities. This edition also addresses difficult and controversial issues especially as they relate to medical therapy for the terminal elderly, including palliative care.