Textbook Of Gereatric Medicine and Gerentology

In this Blog, you can download free pdf of Textbook Of Gereatric Medicine and Gerentology edited by HOWARD M. FILLIT, KENNETH ROCKWOOD and KENNETH WOODHOUSE.

About Book

39 chapters by 44 authors made up the first edition of Brocklehurst. The current edition has 205 contributors and 128 chapters. Its expansion reflects our growing understanding of gerontology and geriatric medicine as a result of research. Also, there has been a considerable improvement in our comprehension, viewpoint, and health systems, all of which have contributed to the growth of our knowledge. We have nevertheless adhered to the original idea.

We made an effort to increase the book's value and usefulness for gerontologists, whether they are biologic, social, psychological, or medical gerontologists, in the seventh edition. In fact, since the publication of the first edition, the field of multidisciplinary research on ageing has grown rapidly. As a result, the gerontology content has undergone a major expansion and reorganisation. Although it is ambitious to attempt to successfully combine gerontology and geriatric medicine in one thorough book, we believe it is necessary because the clinician obviously needs to be aware of the gerontologic underpinnings of geriatric practise, while the gerontologist needs the clinical perspective for their work to be relevant. We hope the book will be useful as a resource to enhance the care of the elderly, to develop better systems of care, and to advance knowledge and research in gerontology, whether for the gerontologist, the geriatrician, the primary care physician, the specialist, or the care managers and other providers.

Essentially, there are three key "bodies of knowledge" that make up geriatric medicine. The first is gerontology, which is crucial to geriatrics practise. Similar to how a physician cannot properly practise paediatrics without understanding child development, one cannot effectively practise geriatrics without understanding the foundations of ageing itself.

In fact, geriatricians frequently cite "adult development"—rather than aging—as the fundamental aspect of the practise of geriatric medicine. For instance, assessing the cognition of an elderly person necessitates having a good understanding of the scope and character of "normal" cognitive changes at that age. Given that it covers the demography, biology, neuropsychology, and medical aspects of ageing, gerontology—the study of aging—is also a fundamentally fascinating scientific field that is pertinent to geriatric medicine.

Disease-specific knowledge makes up the second part of the body of knowledge in geriatrics. That is, geriatrics involves knowledge of the illnesses that are more prevalent in the elderly than in middle-aged people (like Alzheimer's disease), as well as the ways in which illnesses like pneumonia, hypertension, diabetes, and hypothyroidism manifest differently as people age.

Complexity could be referred to as the third element of knowledge in geriatric medicine. Geriatric medicine is dependent on complexity, a focus on function, and interdisciplinary integrated care management. Complexity is referred to as the fact that many older patients frequently have many comorbid illnesses, are on multiple medications, and experience issues in the multiple spheres of physical, functional, psychological, and social health (in contrast to most middle-aged "internal medicine" patients with single illnesses).

The "geriatric syndromes"—falls, polypharmacy, delirium, sleep disturbances, and others—presented in the section on "geriatric syndromes" further highlight complexity. The appraisal of complexity in the frail aged patient and the practise of geriatric medicine both depend on the emphasis on function.

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