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The Care of the Geriatric Patient.

Israel Jaffe, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(5):796. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650050114037.
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This is the fourth edition of The Care of the Geriatric Patient, which was first published in 1958. During the several revisions the quality of the book has improved consistently and its usefulness increased thereby. The book is divided into four sections as they relate to the geriatric population: "Medical Care," "Surgical Care," "Nervous and Mental Care" and "Delivery of Care." If one accepts geriatrics as a valid subspecialty, then this text might be considered to have a rationale. In reality, however, most of the items discussed here are equally well covered in the various disciplines which encompass the care of older people (internal medicine, including cardiology and oncology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, etc). The practitioner is continually reminded of the specific problems related to the older age group. Perhaps the only unique areas of the book are those which relate to the delivery of health care to the aged and the


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