Without doubt the medical problems of old age will become increasingly important as the average span of life is prolonged. Moreover, old persons prefer to live comfortably and to remain active as long as they can; hence how best to manage effectually the latter years of life is an important medical problem.
This volume is a textbook on disease as it appears in elderly persons. The author points out that elderly persons react differently to illnesses than do younger ones; cancer, diabetes, the anemias, pneumonia, for example, all are likely to develop in older persons, to respond differently to treatment than in younger persons and to require different management. The cost of surgical treatment is greater in the old person than in the young, not only because convalescence after an operation is longer but also because there is less time left for postoperative accomplishment. Hence, when and how to operate