Pathogenesis and Management

  • R. M. Francis
  • W. Carson Dick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. R. M. Francis
    Pages 51-80
  3. P. L. Selby
    Pages 81-101
  4. D. M. Reid
    Pages 103-144
  5. R. M. Francis, P. L. Selby, A. Rodgers, C. E. Davison
    Pages 145-179
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-187

About this book


Osteoporosis is one of the most important diseases facing the ageing population because of the high prevalence of fractures, the enormous costs in health care funds required to deal with the consequence of these fractures, and the substantial effect in terms of suffering and disability. One-third of women over age 65 will have vertebral fractures, and the li fe-time risk ofhip fracture in white women (15%) is as great as that ofbreast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer combined. The life-time risk of hip fracture in men (5%) is as great as the risk of prostate cancer. Hip fracture is fatal in up to 20% of cases. One-half of survivors are unable to walk unassisted and 25% are confined to long-term ca re in nursing hornes. The recent awareness that osteo­ porosis is a treatable and partly preventable disease of the elderly, and not just the inevitable consequence of ageing, comes at a time of rapid progress in measurement of bone mass and in a better understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of bone cell function.



Editors and affiliations

  • R. M. Francis
    • 1
  • W. Carson Dick
  1. 1.Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle General HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-9582-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9580-8
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