Learning Geriatric Medicine

A Study Guide for Medical Students

  • Regina Roller-Wirnsberger
  • Katrin Singler
  • Maria Cristina Polidori

Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Learning Geriatric Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Cristina Polidori, Katrin Singler, Regina Roller-Wirnsberger
      Pages 3-6
    3. Adrian Blundell, Tahir Masud
      Pages 7-15
  3. Characteristics of Aging and Geriatric Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jean-Pierre Michel
      Pages 19-25
    3. María Ángeles Caballero Mora, Leocadio Rodriguez Mañas
      Pages 27-39
    4. Marcel Olde Rikkert, Marianne B. van Iersel, Marjolein H. J. van de Pol, Dieneke van Asselt
      Pages 41-56
    5. Graziano Onder, Davide Liborio Vetrano
      Pages 57-64
  4. Geriatric Syndromes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Maria Cristina Polidori, Gereon Nelles, Umberto Senin, Patrizia Mecocci
      Pages 67-80
    3. Alasdair M. J. MacLullich
      Pages 81-87
    4. Reto W. Kressig, Stephanie A. Bridenbaugh
      Pages 89-98
    5. Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, Beatriz Montero-Errasquín
      Pages 99-105
    6. Yvonne Hoffmann-Weltin
      Pages 107-114
  5. Common Age-Related Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Stefania Maggi, Nicola Veronese
      Pages 117-122
    3. Timo E. Strandberg, Tuomo Nieminen
      Pages 123-136
    4. Donal Fitzpatrick, Desmond O’Neill
      Pages 137-143
    5. Sylvie Bonin-Guillaume, Michel Benoit
      Pages 145-150
    6. Gerhard Wirnsberger
      Pages 151-159
    7. Gerhard Wirnsberger
      Pages 161-169
    8. Karen Andersen-Ranberg
      Pages 171-178
    9. Dimitri Beeckman, Nele Van Damme, Dorien De Meyer, Karen Van den Bussche
      Pages 179-189
    10. Stephanie A. Bridenbaugh, Reto W. Kressig
      Pages 191-197
    11. Nele Van Den Noortgate
      Pages 199-208
    12. Hubert Blain, Tahir Masud, Finbarr C. Martin, Stefania Maggi
      Pages 209-216
  6. Challenges of Diagnosis and Management in Older Adults

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Mirko Petrovic, Danijela Gnjidic, Eline Tommelein, Koen Boussery
      Pages 219-235
    3. Cornel C. Sieber, Eva Kiesswetter, Anja Kwetkat, Hans Jürgen Heppner, Daniel Schoene, Ellen Freiberger
      Pages 237-262
    4. Marjolein H. J. van de Pol, Marianne B. van Iersel
      Pages 263-269
  7. Instruments of Geriatric Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Alberto Pilotto, Maria Cristina Polidori
      Pages 273-286
    3. Sofia Duque
      Pages 287-293
  8. Healthcare Settings for Older Persons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Thomas Münzer
      Pages 297-303
    3. Anne Wissendorff Ekdahl
      Pages 305-311
    4. Simon Conroy, Christian Nickel, Simon P. Mooijaart
      Pages 313-318
    5. Finbarr C. Martin
      Pages 319-328
    6. Annette Hylen Ranhoff
      Pages 337-344
  9. Considering the Vulnerability of the Older Person in the Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Gianfranco Salvioli, Chiara Mussi
      Pages 359-364

About this book


This textbook presents hands-on training material for medical students. The style reflects the need for practice-based teaching with a modern edge in daily clinical routine; accordingly, it also employs online material and pocket cards. Each chapter begins with specific learning objectives, which are cross-referenced with the European curriculum for undergraduate medical education released by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) together with the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), as well as the minimum geriatric competences for medical students established by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).


World-renowned European experts in practicing and teaching the interdisciplinary field of Geriatrics contributed to this work, with the aim of offering the new generation of health professionals a global perspective on one of the greatest public health challenges of our time: the management of the steadily increasing number of older, multimorbid, and vulnerable persons.


The major strength of this book – published under the auspices of the EUGMS – is its pragmatic, goal-oriented approach, which makes it suitable for bedside learning and patient-centered medicine; further, all of the chapters are firmly based on the pillars of the ageing process in all of its biological aspects, helping readers understand the pathophysiology of and rationale behind interventions for the main geriatric syndromes and disorders.


Geriatric Patient Communication Health care settings for older people Geriatric Management Core Competences

Editors and affiliations

  • Regina Roller-Wirnsberger
    • 1
  • Katrin Singler
    • 2
  • Maria Cristina Polidori
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineMedical University of GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Biomedicine of Ageing Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Ageing Clinical Research Department Medicine IIUniversity Hospital of CologneCologneGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61996-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61997-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-6060
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-6079
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