© 2001

Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery

  • Ronnie A. Rosenthal
  • Michael E. Zenilman
  • Mark R. Katlic

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. General Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Physiology of Aging

      1. Bruce Robert Troen, Vincent Joseph Cristofalo
        Pages 8-23
      2. Lodovico Balducci, Martine Extermann
        Pages 38-45
      3. Edith A. Burns, James S. Goodwin
        Pages 46-64
      4. Danny O. Jacobs, Tirso Mark Lara
        Pages 65-85
    3. Surgical Management of the Elderly Patient

      1. Mark R. Katlic
        Pages 92-104
      2. Olga Jonasson, Francis Kwakwa
        Pages 105-110
      3. Darlene Gabeau, Ronnie A. Rosenthal
        Pages 126-143
      4. Stephen N. Harris
        Pages 144-159
      5. R. Sean Morrison, Maria Torroella Carney, Paolo L. Manfredi
        Pages 160-173
      6. Richard A. Marottoli, Marla J. Campbell, Roshini C. Pinto Powell
        Pages 174-184
      7. Leo M. Cooney Jr.
        Pages 185-190
    4. Ethical Considerations

      1. Margaret Drickamer
        Pages 195-201
      2. Michael E. Zenilman
        Pages 202-210
      3. Mark R. Katlic
        Pages 211-218
  3. Specific Issues in Geriatric Surgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219

About this book


More than two decades ago, in response to the special healthcare needs of the aging Ameriean population, interest in the field of geriatrie medieine began to grow and blossom in the United States. In 1984 and 1985, under the editorialleadership of Christine K. Cassel and William R. Hazzard, respectively, two major textbooks devoted to the medieal care of aged patients were published. These scholarly, comprehensive texts provided insight into the principles of aging and guidance in the care of the geriatrie patient. Three editions later, the need to understand the special issues involved in the medieal care of the elderly is widely accepted by intemists, primary care providers, and medieal specialists. For the editors of this book, the special issues involved in the surgieal care of the elderly have been apparent for nearly as long. Although there have been a few scholarly texts on the subject, including one in 1990 by Mark R. Katlic, general acceptance of the concept of geriatrie surgery by our surgieal and medieal colleagues has, however, lagged. This is not the result of a proportionately smaller number of older patients with surgieal disease, because cancer, cardiovascular disease, and orthopedie problems are diseases, of the aged. It is rather the result of uncertainty about the value of surgery in the elderly and concems about the risks of operations. In the past, such concems prevented primary care givers from referring patients for surgieal care and prevented surgeons from agreeing to operate.


Colorectal Surgery General Surgery Geriatrics/Gerontology Minimally Invasive Surgery Surgery Thoracic Surgery Vascular Surgery aging cancer geriatric anesthesia geriatric oncology geriatrics health care for the elderly surgical oncology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronnie A. Rosenthal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael E. Zenilman
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mark R. Katlic
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Veterans AffairsVA Connecticut Healthcare SystemWest HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Montefiore Medical CenterAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  4. 4.Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  5. 5.Wyoming Valley Surgical AssociatesKingstonUSA
  6. 6.Wyoming Valley Healthcare SystemWilkes-BarreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery
  • Editors Ronnie Ann Rosenthal
    Michael E. Zenilman
    Mark R. Katlic
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-98393-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-3434-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-3432-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages L, 1100
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Surgery
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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Surgery & Anesthesiology


From the reviews:

"...this book is a well-written, important contribution to the practice of medicine, as well as to the practice of surgery... It belongs in the hospital or personal library of any physician who is likely to come in contact with the frail, elderly patient... We are fortunate that such a lucid and well-written resource is an available guide." (Journal of the American Medical Association)