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Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks) Paperback – 13 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 780 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198530293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198530299
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.5 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an excellent book. It is succinct yet easy to read There are useful little boxes of How To's eg How To Give Sub-Cut Fluids, Use Digoxin, Assess Depression etc. I thought I know how to do many of these tips but I still found then useful and interesting. This is a useful book for anyone spending time looking after old patients. (BMA Medical Book Competition 2007)

...this is a brilliantly crafted book and a wonderful contribution to the field. (Doody's Notes)

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Dr Lesley Bowker qualified in 1990 from Southampton. Further training was in Wessex (SHO and registrar jobs) and Oxford (senior registrar) followed by a year in Perth (Australia) as a senior lecturer. She was a 'career geriatrician' from early days and developed a research interest in practical clinical ethics especially relating to the elderly. Her DM thesis (awarded from Southampton in 2003) was in the practical and ethical issues surrounding life-sustaining treatment in the elderly person. Her consultant appointment at Norwich in 2002 allows her to combine clinical work with education as the clinical skills coordinator for the new school of medicine at UEA. Dr Smith trained at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1994. She went on to do house jobs and an SHO rotation at her training hospital, which is where she developed an interest in geriatric medicine. After an ITU post in Brighton, she joined the SpR training scheme for geriatrics and GIM in the Oxford region, completing in 2003. After maternity leave, Dr Smith was appointed as a part-time consultant in Community Geriatrics and GIM for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals. Her area of special interest is stroke.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme R. Watson on 28 April 2011
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The Oxford Medical Handbook represents a goldmine of information for general medicine, but the individual speciality textbooks are often overlooked. The Oxford Handbook of Geriatrics contains key information about elderly care services in the UK, including roles and responsibilities of members of the multi-disciplinary team in care of the elderly (COTE).
As such, appropriate management plans are given for common and complex conditions, which are often mis-managed because of a lack of support from other professionals.
Details throughout the text are made available for modified clinical skills in a COTE setting.
In particular, there are excellent chapters on "Faints and Funny Tums", drug prescribing in the elderly and stroke/neurology, which along with the other chapters give comprehensive advice on history, investigation, diagnosis and management.
While this first edition is now a little out of date, the vast majority is still perfectly relevant.
This book is useful for students completing junior rotations, as well as Foundation Doctors, and Registrars.
NB: As with all the other speciality handbooks, don't expect lots of flashy colours and anecdotes as you would in the standard OH of Clinical Medicine; though in this geriatrics book, that is hardly a detriment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. C. Pooley on 26 Feb. 2009
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This book is very useful for medics working in both geriatrics and in general medicine, particularly in DGHs where advice can be a little thin on the ground during the night shift on-calls. This book is very comprehensive and a useful source of advice on managing medical complexity (i.e. heart failure with co-existing renal failure). One unique feature of this book are the practical 'How to...' sections that are extremely helpful in planning an approach to the management of common problems encountered in general medicine. Definitely to be recommended - if only for the approach to the history taking skills needed for clerking elderly patients.
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Use this for my DGM. Not sure about the latest edition. This old edition is a bit lacking with detail information such as ABCD2 score, CHAD2 score or the relevant NICE guideline. All these are found in this year exam questions. The number of typo champion the rest of the oxford handbooks (11 to be precise) in my collections. The Arthur has a particular fond of 'malabsorbtion' instead of 'malabsorption', which repeatedly appears throughout the book. This book may not be the best for exam preparation or looking up some guidelines and scoring systems in a rush.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chong on 19 Feb. 2012
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Excellent practical handbook! Easy to read and covers relevant topics! An essential book for elderly health problems! A must buy! I'm waiting for the new edition coming out!
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By Asef on 12 April 2015
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