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Best books on geriatrics: a personal choice

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1683
  1. John F Potter

    Books for undergraduates and junior trainees

    * Lecture Notes on Geriatrics. 4th edn. N Coni, W Davison, S Webster. (pounds sterling13.50.) Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1993. ISBN 063203369X

    *** The Essentials of Health Care of the Elderly. G Bennett, S Ebrahim. (pounds sterling10.99.) Edward Arnold, 1992. ISBN 0340545593

    Any undergraduate text on medicine for elderly people should concern itself with how and why dealing with older people differs from treating younger age groups, taking into account the physiological changes of aging, differences in the presentation and treatment of disease, the role of rehabilitation, and the organisation of medical, social, and voluntary services Lecture Notes on Geriatrics remains the number onechoice for undergraduates and newly qualified doctors alike, the fact that it is in its fourth edition showing how well it has stood the test of time. The new edition, much revised and updated, has succinct chapters giving good practical advice on treatment and management, with highlighted lists of important points.

    The Essentials of Health Care in the Elderly is another useful text for students, though not as comprehensive as Lecture Notes. It is clearly written, easily readable, and well illustrated and provides useful practical hints and key points, though by its nature these are brief, so that the reader has to seek more detailed …

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