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About this book
The aging of the population, not just in the United States but worldwide, will be the greatest force affecting health care, affecting society as a whole, in our lifetime. In addition, the conditions that often require surgery (atherosclerosis, degenerative joint disease, prostate disease, cataracts, biliary disease, and others) increase in incidence with increasing age. With a few exceptions, all surgeons must become Geriatric Surgeons. This edition builds upon the foundation of the first and second editions of Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery, volumes separated by a decade of experience in the field, in a format that is both comprehensive and fluid. The combination of print and electronic versions will promote more rapid up-dating of chapters as new information appears. The Third Edition opens with general principles. The broad body of the volume encompasses diseases of the elderly and physiologic changes by system, as well as geriatric syndromes, perioperative management, and transitions of care into post-acute settings. The large concluding section is comprised of specialty-specific results of surgery in the elderly and suggested modifications recommended by experienced surgeons. Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery provides a comprehensive account that will allow all providers of healthcare to the elderly understand the issues involved in choosing surgery as a treatment option for their patients.