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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 203

A handbook of geriatric care

Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery,Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission25-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance27-Jul-2019
Date of Web Publication11-Sep-2019

Correspondence Address:
Raju Vaishya
Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery,Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_41_19

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Vaishya R. A handbook of geriatric care. Apollo Med 2019;16:203

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Vaishya R. A handbook of geriatric care. Apollo Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 28];16:203. Available from: http://www.apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2019/16/3/203/266778

Editor : Dr. O. P. Sharma

Published by : Viva Books Private Limited, New Delhi, India

Year of Publication : 2019

ISBN : 978-93-88653-98-5

Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, is a superspecialty that focuses on the health care of older adults. It aims at promoting the health of these individuals by preventing and treating their diseases and disabilities. The term geriatrics comes from the Greek word γέρων geron (meaning “old man”) and ιατρóς iatros (meaning “healer”). Geriatrics is also sometimes called the medical gerontology. However, it is worth noting that there is a difference between geriatrics (the care of aged people) and gerontology (the study of the aging process).

The subspecialty of geriatrics differs from standard adult medicine because it focuses on the unique needs of older adults. It is a known fact that the old body is different physiologically, from the younger adult body. During the old age, there is a decline in the function and efficiency of various organ systems, making the elderly develop several diseases and have more complications, even from minor problems. Previous health issues and lifestyle choices in older adults produce a different constellation of diseases and symptoms in different individuals. The so-called geriatric giants are the major categories of impairment that appear in older people, especially as they begin to fail. These include immobility, instability, incontinence, and impaired intellect/memory.

This comprehensive book on geriatric care spreads over 436 pages and covers all the aforementioned medical problems faced by older adults. Its foreword has been written by a stalwart and eminent teacher of this field, Dr. P. S. Shankar. The initial chapters of this book have covered all the basic topics, such as aging, immunity, and frailty. The subsequent chapters have covered in-depth, about the specific problems of elderly, multispecialty wise. The chosen topics and the authors by the editorial team is the hallmark of this book. It should act as a ready reckoner and a reference book for the practitioner, researchers, and medical student.


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