The sixth edition remains the pioneering text for the practising physician confronted with the unique problems of an increasingly elderly population. Dr William Reichel's formative text is designed as a practical and useful guide for health specialists from medical students to practicing physicians. This book is not a collection of subspecialty chapters but rather emphasizes the clinical management of the geriatric patient with simple to complex problems. The editors have reviewed every chapter and have included the most up-to-date advances in the care of the elderly. New chapters include hormonal therapy in post-menopausal women, drug therapy for Alzheimer's sufferers, alternative medicine, the chronic understaffing of nursing homes, management of delirium, and ethical issues. Comprehensive and written for any clinicians caring for older patients (including family physicians, general internists, nurse practitioners, geriatricians, and other specialists), this esteemed text provides practical and trusted advice.
Christine Arenson (MD, Jefferson Medical College) is Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Arenson is also the Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Geriatric Education Center. Dr Arenson practises family and geriatric medicine at Jefferson Family Associates at the Philadelphia Senior Center. Jan Busby-Whitehead (MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) is Associate Director for Clinical Affairs and Co-Director of the Carolina Program for Healthcare and Aging at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is also a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Aging and Health there. Kenneth Brummel-Smith (MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine) is Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr Brummel-Smith is past president of the American Geriatrics Society. James G. O'Brien (MB, University College, Dublin, Ireland) is Professor and Margaret Dorward Smock Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and Medical Director of the Geriatric Medicine Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky. Mary H. Palmer (PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; BSN, University of Maryland School of Nursing), is Professor and Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. Palmer is also Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research: Uniting Scientists at the University of North Carolina.