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Infectious Disease in the Aging

A Clinical Handbook

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  • © 2001


Part of the book series: Infectious Disease (ID)

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Because aging is accompanied by a steady decline in resistance to infectious diseases, the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases in the elderly is not only much more complex, but also often quite different from that for younger patients.

In the second edition of Infectious Disease in the Aging: A Clinical Handbook, a panel of well known and highly experienced geriatric physicians and infectious disease experts review the most important common infections affecting the elderly and delineate their well-proven diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive techniques. Among the illnesses discussed are urinary tract infections, pneumonia, ocular infections, tuberculosis, and fungal and viral infections. In addition, there are detailed discussions of sepsis, infective endocarditis, intraabdominal infections, bacterial meningitis, osteomyelitis and septic arthritis, and prosthetic device infections.

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Concepts and Principles of Infections and Aging

  2. Specific Infections


From the first edition:

“This book is subdivided into three well-organized sections: concepts and principles of infection among the aged (including a review of the changing immune systems of the elderly and an overview of recent epidemiologic trends among the elderly); chapters on common infectious diseases (i.e., endocarditis, UTIs); and chapters on unique concerns among elderly such as management of infections in the long-term care setting. The greatest strengths are in the areas not covered in most texts: immunization, prevention, and altered pharmacodynamics. . .The references and index are well organized and contain up-to-date references. . .This is an excellent quick review of the pertinent infectious diseases issues among the geriatric population. . .The value of this text is enhanced by the topics covered that are often overlooked in others including multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections, long-term care-related problems, and immunization issues among the elderly.” - (Doody’s Health Sciences Book Review Journal)

“The second section of the book, which deals with specific infections , has some very useful and well-written chapters. The chapter on sepsis is up-to-date and informative. The chapter on tuberculosis is an excellent and relevant source of information about this disease in elderly people. The chapter on intra-abdominal infections is also informative, as is the chapter on urinary tract infections. The chapter on viral infections is well written... The chapter on nutrition and infection gives an excellent overview of nutrition in the elderly population and its effect on the immune system....I would recommend this book to general-medicine physicians who treat elderly patients.” - (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Charles R. Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA

    Thomas T. Yoshikawa

  • Greater West Los Angeles Healthcare System and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA

    Dean C. Norman

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Infectious Disease in the Aging

  • Book Subtitle: A Clinical Handbook

  • Editors: Thomas T. Yoshikawa, Dean C. Norman

  • Series Title: Infectious Disease

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  • Publisher: Humana Totowa, NJ

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-59259-026-1Published: 18 August 2000

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 336

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geriatrics/Gerontology, Epidemiology

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