Geriatric Medicine for the House Officer. Goldenberg K, Faryna A (Eds), Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1990, 350 pages, $16.95, paperback.
This book thoroughly surprised me. I had thought it would be physicianoriented, but I was pleased to see that the majority of the book was useful to nurses. The text is designed to be the type of reference to which a nurse or physician could easily refer. The chapters are short and contain the most important information on the subject.
The chapters are arranged in five sections; general problems, system related problems, neuromuscular problems, psychosocial issues, and interdisciplinary issues. Each chapter contains physiology, statistics, assessments, treatments, caveats, and suggested readings. There are many tables and lists for easy reference.
This book is helpful for all nurses who work with the elderly in any care setting. It is an excellent basic physiology review as well as reference book. The suggested reading list at the end of each chapter is excellent for further study. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am pleased to recommend it as a review or reference.