Presently, there are more than 22 million Americans older than 65 years, with 1.2 million in long-term care facilities, yet the medical school curriculums and standard textbooks are often devoid of information relative to the care of the aged. As if to mirror our youth-oriented society, there is neglect of the concept that geriatric care requires a special body of psychological, social, and scientific knowledge. This multiauthored volume, prepared under the auspices of the Public Health Service and the American Geriatric Society, is an ambitious and successful attempt to improve this situation.
The subject is comprehensively covered, so that the book becomes a resource of information for family practitioners, internists, nurses, social workers, and all others involved with the care of the elderly. Chapters devoted to diagnosis and treatment span the entire range of medical and surgical specialties and focus on modifying the clinical approach so that it will accord