Hazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

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As editor emeritus of this latest edition, I have had the privilege of following its development over the next three years Conception during the first editorial meeting until publication. I am pleased to predict that the seventh edition of Hazzard's geriatric medicine and gerontology will cement its reputation as the leading "go to" resource for readers seeking the latest, most comprehensive, thorough and trusted research and practice documents that optimize care our elderly and elderly patients. In addition, this edition will continue to expand its influence worldwide Improving the treatment of these patients, whose numbers increase significantly as the population ages global phenomenon. What I particularly liked about working with this handbook is that it is widely used as a basic material in geriatrics

Fellowship Training Programs. I often feel flattered when I am asked to dedicate the last part to fellow human beings learn to appreciate the book during their education because of its accessibility, breadth, depth and authenticity as a unique book Source of their scientific training in our field.  Their appreciation brings me special satisfaction. From the genesis of this textbook in its first edition over 30 years ago, our focus has been steadily maintained on geriatric fellows in training as our primary target audience. This approach was adopted because we envisioned our textbook as complementing the prior education that physicians received in medical school, graduate training in residency, and then maintained in continuing education programs, education which forms the foundation of care for all patients. Through our textbook we have hoped that physicians will be enriched and continuously kept current from its concentration upon the special needs of their older patients.  This has been integrated with chapters summarizing the aging process across the lifespan from conception to death (gerontology), but honing down on those above 65, 75 (my personal definition as the threshold to old age), and, perhaps most germane to our special contributions as geriatricians, the “oldest old,” those over 85, in whom the art and science of caring for the most complex and vulnerable can be most appreciated. And with the “Aging Tsunami” of retiring baby-boomers looming ever nearer to the seawall of limited resources, our mission to enhance the practice of all professionals and caregivers in managing such patients through our textbook is all the more urgent.

  Thus geriatric fellows appropriately remain our primary target audience for this edition, for it is through their added education and expertise that our contribution can be best applied, amplified, and broadly disseminated. This is true whether their training (as for most American fellows) is compressed into a single, full-time year of clinical fellowship following 3-year residencies in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine or extended to acquire additional academic skills and experience in research, education, clinical practice, public health, public policy, or health care systems. This special expertise will serve them well as future leaders in health care as it becomes progressively skewed toward caring for older patients. Thus it will be incumbent upon editors of future editions of this textbook to remain abreast of leading edge developments in our field, which promises to become ever more sophisticated and challenging as aging citizens continue to enjoy increasing healthspan as well as lifespan. I proudly and confidently expect that these goals will be reflected in everyone and will continue to improve. Future versions of this textbook.

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