Respiratory Infections in the Elderly. Niederman MS (ed). New York: Raven Press, 1991, 380 pages, hardcover.
This book's purpose, as stated in the preface, is to provide a comprehensive, current review of respiratory infections in the elderly. The 14 chapters cover major topics, beginning with the epidemiology of respiratory infections and ending with preventative measures. Tuberculosis, nosocomial pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold are some subjects included.
The topics are discussed from both clinical and scholarly points of view. The frequent references and scholarly slant make a negative impact on the book's suitability as an easy-to-use guide for respiratory infection care in the elderly. It may be best suited for use as a reference book by physicians - especially internists, geriatricians, and infectious disease specialists caring for elderly clients.