Geriatrics 1

Cardiology and Vascular System Central Nervous System

  • Dieter Platt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Cardiology and Vascular System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. E. Tàmmaro
      Pages 21-26
    3. T. Strandell
      Pages 27-42
    4. A. Pomerance
      Pages 43-91
    5. F. I. Caird
      Pages 93-108
    6. R. Harris
      Pages 109-138
    7. A. E. Tàmmaro
      Pages 139-160
    8. H. Haimovici
      Pages 161-197
  3. Central Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. D. R. Crapper McLachlan, U. De Boni
      Pages 227-239
    3. W. Meier-Ruge
      Pages 241-256
    4. E. G. McGeer, P. L. McGeer
      Pages 263-282
    5. A. Baldinger, H. T. Blumenthal
      Pages 283-299
    6. H. H. Wieck, J. U. Brückmann, C. Lang, L. Blaha
      Pages 301-342
    7. K. A. Flügel
      Pages 391-429
    8. M. S. J. Pathy
      Pages 431-451
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 453-488

About this book


In 1909 a short contribution entitled "Geriatrics" was published in the New York Medical Journal. According to this article, old age represents a distinct period oflife in which the physiologic changes caused by aging are accompanied by an increasing number of pathologic changes. We now know that the organs of the body age neither at the same rate nor to the same extent and that physiologic alterations are indeed superimposed by pathologic changes; as a result of the latter phenomenon the origins and course of illnesses in the elderly can present unusual characteristics. The frequency of concurrent disorders in the elderly entails the danger of polypragmatic pharmacotherapy, i. e. , the use of various drugs to combat various disorders while neglecting the possibly adverse combined effects of these drugs. To obviate this danger, special knowledge in the field of geriatrics, the medical branch of gerontology, is necessary. Geriatrics is constantly increasing in importance owing to the near doubling of life expectancy over the past 130 years and to the improved diagnostic and therapeutic techniques made available by medical pro­ gress. The rapid recent development of experimental gerontology has played an essential role in enabling us to understand the special features of geriatrics. This progress has, however, been accompanied by such a vast increase in the volume of literature on the subject that specialists in the field can scarcely maintain an overall perspective of new publications.


Alterskrankheit age aging cardiology central nervous system geriatrics gerontology nervous system therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Dieter Platt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Gerontologie 2. Medizinische KlinikUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergNürnbergGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68216-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68214-8
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