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Drug Therapy for the Elderly

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  • Unique classification system to reduce the number of drugs taken by elderly patients
  • Illustrated with helpful diagrams and tables
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With people aged 65 years and older currently making up the fastest growing age group throughout the world, the demographic revolution of an aging society will inevitably lead to increased pressure to develop a rationalistic and age-tailored process of diagnosis and treatment among the elderly. As aging people often suffer from several chronic diseases and are being treated with multiple medications concurrently, unwanted drug interactions occur more frequently.

Whereas recent approaches have recommended to remove particular drugs from the medication regimen to avoid adverse effects, Drug Therapy for the Elderly underlines both indispensable and dispensable elements of drug treatment in order to provide an overall assessment of drugs suitable for the aged. In view of the multimorbidity and polypharmacy situations experienced by elderly patients, this book takes into account the special needs and requirements shown by this group, thus serving as a timely reference for physicians who treat the elderly.  

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Special Aspects with Respect to Organ Systems Based on Geriatric Clinical Importance


From the reviews:

“This book explores the issues specific to prescribing medications to the elderly. … This book does require some basic understanding of physiology, but it is fascinating reading for clinicians with that basic understanding. … It does a very impressive job of covering what happens in aging. … This is a most interesting book. It has tremendous value in academic settings with medical students, social workers, nurses, etc., as it is one of the more complete books on the subject of therapies for the elderly.” (Vincent F. Carr, Doody’s Review Service, January, 2013)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Inst. Klinische Pharmakologie, Klinikum Stadt Mannheim gGmbH, Mannheim, Germany

    Martin Wehling

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Drug Therapy for the Elderly

  • Editors: Martin Wehling

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Vienna

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Wien 2013

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-7091-0911-3Published: 18 August 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-7091-0912-0Published: 17 August 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 356

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geriatrics/Gerontology, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology/Toxicology

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