Geriatric Medicine

Volume II: Fundamentals of Geriatric Care

  • Christine K. Cassel
  • John Richard Walsh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Perspectives on Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Watts, Michael McCally
      Pages 3-15
    3. Richard Schulz, Spero Manson
      Pages 16-27
    4. Sally Gadow
      Pages 28-37
  3. Caring for the Geriatic Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Michael McCally
      Pages 41-58
    3. John C. Beck, Susan Vivell
      Pages 59-81
    4. John R. Walsh, Shirley Bromberg, Judith G. Miller, Christine K. Cassel
      Pages 89-106
    5. Mary Shepard, John R. Walsh, Christine K. Cassel
      Pages 107-117
    6. Peter R. LeBray
      Pages 118-129
    7. Rosalie A. Kane
      Pages 130-140
    8. Erica T. Goode
      Pages 156-178
    9. Herbert A. De Vries
      Pages 179-181
    10. Daniel H. Labby
      Pages 182-191
    11. Christian Guilleminault
      Pages 192-210
    12. David O. Staats, Diana Koin
      Pages 211-218
    13. Roland M. Atkinson, Lial L. Kofoed
      Pages 219-235
    14. Patricia A. Newton
      Pages 236-274
    15. Diana Koin
      Pages 275-288
    16. Philip S. King, Robert Chen-Zong Yang
      Pages 289-315
    17. Ernlé W. D. Young
      Pages 316-324
    18. D. Joanne Lynn
      Pages 325-331
    19. D. Joanne Lynn
      Pages 332-344
  4. Legal Issues in Geriatric Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Paul Nathanson, Robert Schwartz, Jack Hardwick, Laura Mason, Nancy Scanlan Neary
      Pages 347-353
    3. Robert Schwartz, Paul Nathanson, Jack Hardwick, Laura Mason, Nancy Scanlan Neary
      Pages 354-368
  5. Health Care Systems and Geriatric Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Robert L. Kane
      Pages 380-396
    3. Jeanie Schmit Kayser-Jones
      Pages 397-412
    4. Diana Koin
      Pages 413-420
    5. DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr, Ruth Ann Williamson Tsukuda
      Pages 421-435
    6. David O. Staats
      Pages 436-447
  6. Research Issues in Geriatrics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-449
    2. Michael McCally, Merwyn Greenlick, John C. Beck
      Pages 451-463
    3. Carol Hutner Winograd
      Pages 464-468
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 469-503

About this book


With the appearance of a textbook as comprehensive as this one, it is clear that the field of geriatrics is coming of age. The broad scope of these volumes shapes a substantial answer to the question, "What is geriatrics and why should we be interested in it?" As I see it, there are at least five reasons. First, the scientific or intellectual reason: gerontology is the study of aging from the biologic, psychological, and social perspectives. There is increasing interest in the fascinating insights into the biologic mechanisms of aging, errors in protein synthesis, DNA repair mechanisms, alterations of the neuroendocrine system, changes in the immune system, genetic controls, and somatic mutations. Second, the demographic reason: this is the century of old age. There has been a 26-year gain in the average life expectancy. This gain compares with that acquired from 3,000 years B.C. (the Bronze Age) to the year 1900, which was about 29 years. Therefore, in one century, there has been a gain in the average life expectancy almost equal to 5,000 previous years of human history. In 1830, one of three newborn infants survived beyond 60 years of age.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Christine K. Cassel
    • 1
  • John Richard Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeriatricsMt. Sinai Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Section of Geriatric MedicineVeterans Administration Medical CenterPortlandUSA

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