Geriatric Medicine

An Evidence-Based Approach

  • Christine K. Cassel
  • Rosanne M. Leipzig
  • Harvey Jay Cohen
  • Eric B. Larson
  • Diane E. Meier
  • Carol F. Capello

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Basics of Gerontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rosanne M. Leipzig
      Pages 3-14
    3. Charles Mobbs
      Pages 15-26
    4. George E. Taffett
      Pages 27-35
    5. S. Jay Olshansky
      Pages 37-44
    6. Tamara B. Harris
      Pages 45-51
    7. Elizabeth C. Clipp, Karen E. Steinhauser
      Pages 53-63
    8. Jerry Avorn, Jerry H. Gurwitz, Paula Rochon
      Pages 65-81
  3. Changing Contexts of Care in Geriatric Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Laurence Z. Rubenstein
      Pages 93-97
    3. Robert L. Kane
      Pages 99-111
    4. Wayne C. McCormick
      Pages 113-119
    5. Sharon A. Levine, Patricia P. Barry
      Pages 121-131
    6. Robert M. Palmer
      Pages 133-145
  4. Clinical Approaches to the Geriatric Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Glendo L. Tangarorang, Gerard J. Kerins, Richard W. Besdine
      Pages 149-162
    3. Harrison G. Bloom
      Pages 163-167
    4. Harrison G. Bloom
      Pages 169-184

About this book

Introduction

Since the publication of the third edition of Geriatric Medicine,extraordinary advances have occurred in the science of aging and the potential for biomedical research to give us answers to many, if not most, of the age-related disorders that threaten the quality of life in older years. At the most basic level, the successful mapping of the human genome was declared complete in the fall of 2000. Understanding the map of the human genome is as important as understanding the map of genomes of important laboratory species, ranging from the microscopic worms and fruit?ies used in most classic genetic studies to rodents such as laboratory mice, and eventually to primates, on which much of the research on the aging human brain is done. The genetic maps of all of these species,including our own,does not answer clinical questions,but it does open the door to dramatic, rapid, and ef?cient answers to questions about the genetic polymorphisms related to diseases in humans. The telomerase story also unfolded since the third edition. Telomerase is an enzyme responsible for maintaining the telomeres—the redundant DNA portions at the end of chromosomes—whose shortening seems to be linked directly to cell senescence,ap- tosis,and the control over cell death,which,at the level of the individual cell,seems to be linked to the decline of organ function and eventually aging and death within the org- ism.

Keywords

aging assessment care frailty geriatrics gerontology hospital management medicine nursing pharmacology physiology prevention rehabilitation sexuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Christine K. Cassel
    • 1
  • Rosanne M. Leipzig
    • 2
  • Harvey Jay Cohen
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Eric B. Larson
    • 6
    • 10
  • Diane E. Meier
    • 7
    • 9
  • Carol F. Capello
    • 8
  1. 1.School of MedicineOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult DevelopmentMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Center for the Study of Aging and Human DevelopmentUSA
  4. 4.Geriatrics DivisionDuke University Medical CenterUSA
  5. 5.Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical CenterVeterans Affairs Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  6. 6.University of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  7. 7.Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult DevelopmentMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  8. 8.Division of Geriatrics and GerontologyWeill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.Hertzberg Palliative Care InstituteUSA
  10. 10.Center for Health Studies, Group Health CooperativesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b97639
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95514-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-22621-7
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