Essential Facts in Geriatric Medicine

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2010 - Medical - 242 pages
Already established in its first edition as a key text in elderly care, this comprehensively revised second edition of Essential Facts in Geriatric Medicine is a vital reference for health professionals involved in providing comprehensive care to the older population. The book thoroughly explores clinical aspects, as well as demographic, statistical, legal and ethical areas relating to health and social services used by older people. There are entirely new chapters on elder abuse, alcohol and drug abuse and HIV, infection control and other essential topics. With two thirds of its content either completely new or thoroughly updated, this book remains an invaluable ready reference for doctors, nurses and all health professionals involved in geriatrics and general medicine in hospital and community settings. It is also a vital revision text for general practitioners and clinical assistants, as it reflects the syllabus framework of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine. 'Geriatric medicine is complex, like our patients. The authors, three highly respected London clinicians, have a wealth of experience in teaching and examining, and it shows. Their book successfully strikes the balance between fascinating detail and core information.' - from the Foreword by Finbarr Martin From reviews of the first edition 'This book will be of particular use to doctors but also to all those involved in the care of older people.' BOOKNEWS 'Teeming with an impressive amount of knowledge, principles and practice relating to this challenging and complex specialty.' HOSPITAL DOCTOR
 

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Contents

Demography of the ageing population of the United Kingdom
2
Social processes in ageing
6
Clinical aspects of old age
9
Ageassociated physiological changes
10
Prevention of disease and disability
17
Specific features of disease presentation
20
Pharmacology and therapeutics
24
Principles of rehabilitation
29
Visual impairment
143
Hypertension
146
Heart failure
149
Atrial fibrillation
154
Cardiac arrhythmias
157
Stroke
161
Movement disorders
167
Bowel and bladder management
171

Domiciliary care for disabled older people
39
Legal aspects
45
Ethical issues
57
Elder abuse
69
Palliative care
71
Clinical problems encountered in old age
79
Falls
80
Dizziness
85
Osteoporosis and fractures
91
Musculoskeletal disorders
97
Mental health problems
102
Alcohol and drug abuse
115
Pressure ulcers
122
Leg ulcers
125
Clostridium difficile and methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA
127
HIV in older people
135
Hypothermia
138
Hearing impairmenttinnitus
140
Gastrooesophageal reflux disease
181
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
183
Communityacquired pneumonia
186
Diabetes mellitus
188
Renal disease
193
Thyroid disorders
197
Haematological disorders
200
Common skin rashes and skin cancers
203
Administrative aspects of services
213
Health and social services
214
Orthogeriatric services
218
Income maintenance
220
Audit clinical governance and appraisal
226
NHS structure and management
230
NICE HASCAS and NHS QIS
234
Index
237
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respectively Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine and General (Internal) Medicine Newham University Hospital NHS Trust; Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine, General (Internal) Medicine and Cardiology Whittington Hospital NHS Trust; Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

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