Current Geriatric Therapy. Covington, Timothy R. and Walker, J. Ingram. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co., 1984, 463 pages, hardcover.
This is an excellent and thorough text for both practitioners and students in the field of geriatrics who want to know specifics on drug management for the elderly.
The text is divided into two parts. The first part is entitled, "Therapeutic Dilemmas, "and includes such topics as patient expectations, self-medication, mass media impact, myths and fallacies, compliance, medication errors, drug dependency and abuse, and a large section on drug interactions and how to prevent them. The latter part of this section includes the mechanism of drug action as it pertains to the aged.
The second part of the text is entitled, "Pharmacological Management of Common Disorders in the Elderly," and offers a comprehensive coverage of the common ailments seen in the aged and their treatment with medications.
This book is highly recommended for the nurse heavily involved in the administration of medications to the aged or for the clinical practitioner or professor who needs to have a comprehensive coverage of this subject area.