Antiifectives in the Eldely by James Cooper, 1995; Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc., 78 pages, $24.95, hardcover
This small book is an informative and clearly written overview of pharmacological treatment for the major bacterial infections found in the elderly. The book is divided into four chapters, which detail the presentation of respiratory tract, gastrourinary tract, and skin infections.
Chapter 1 outlines the most common infections encountered by the elderly, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and intraabdominal infection. Additionally, immunosenescence, risk factors, and general pharmacokinetics of this age group are discussed thoroughly.
Chapter 2 focuses on the primary respiratory tract infections experienced by the elderly. Also discussed are the physiologic changes, pathogens, and the usual and atypical presentation of respiratory tract infections.
Chapter 3 outlines various skin changes associated with the aging process. This chapter presents a concise outline regarding the acute and chronic bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections of a geriatric population.
I like the compact format of this book and highly recommend it for nurses. It would be a useful tool in any clinical setting. Furthermore, it would be an excellent reference text for medical and college of nursing libraries. To enhance our nursing practice, this book is worth its weight in gold.