The second edition of this volume follows the same plan as the first, which is, as pointed out in the preface, "The application of understanding of the changes which come with senescence to all the facets of medical practice." The forty-seven contributing authors, all qualified in their fields, seem to have accomplished this goal.
The first section of the book deals with the anatomic, physiologic, psychiatric and sociologic aspects of aging. Additional chapters are devoted to medical care of the normal aged person and to surgical management, anesthesia and physical therapy in senescence.
Following this, the diseases prevalent in or peculiar to the declining years are discussed under section headings, such as Disorders of Metabolism, Disorders of the Respiratory System, Disorders of the Skeletal System and Disorders of the Cutaneous System. Etiology, diagnosis and treatment, on the whole, are covered adequately enough for the practitioner to refer to the volume