Key Features

  • Large type size and written in everyday language
  • Two-colour design
  • 66 chapters organised into four sections
  • Easy-to-follow cross-referencing symbols within the text
  • Helpful tables, graphs, and illustrations that further explain the text
  • Table of commonly used trade name drugs and their generic equivalents
  • Table of Contents

    Section 1
    FUNDAMENTALS OF AGING
    Age-Old Questions
    When Does a Person Become Old?
    Why Does the Body Change?
    Why Does Function Decline?
    How the Body Ages
    Eyes
    Ears
    Mouth and Nose
    Skin
    Bones and Joints
    Muscles and Body Fat
    Brain and Nervous System
    Heart and Blood Vessels
    Muscles of Breathing and the Lungs
    Digestive System
    Kidneys and Urinary Tract
    Reproductive Organs
    Endocrine System
    Immune System
    The Aging of America
    Finances
    Living Arrangements
    Disability and Disease
    Causes of Death
    Worldwide Aging

    Section 2
    CARING FOR SELF AND OTHERS
    Preventive Medical Care
    Goals of Prevention
    Tools of Prevention
    Healthy Lifestyle; Vaccines; Screening
    Maintaining Good Nutrition
    How Aging Affects Nutritional Needs; How
    Disorders and Drugs Change Nutritional Needs; Screening for Adequate Nutrition; Reading Food
    Labels
    Drugs and Aging
    Benefits and Risks; Reasons for Increased
    Risk; Maximizing Benefits, Reducing Risks; Remembering to Take Drugs; Nonprescription
    Drugs
    Complementary or Alternative Medicine
    Dietary Supplements
    Chiropractic
    Acupuncture
    Magnet Therapy
    Homeopathy
    Communicating With Health Care Practitioners
    Selecting a Primary Care Doctor
    Communicating With a New Primary Care Doctor
    Communicating During Subsequent Visits
    Continuity of Care
    What Can Interfere With Continuity?; Who Provides Care?; Where Is Care Provided?; How to Improve Continuity
    Understanding Medical Tests
    Types of Medical Tests; Uses of Medical Tests; Making Decisions About Tests; Challenges Faced by Older People; Questions to Ask the Doctor
    Specific Tests
    Hospital Care
    Going to the Emergency Department
    Being Admitted to the Hospital
    Problems Due to Hospitalization
    Implementing Preventive Strategies
    Being Discharged From the Hospital
    Undergoing Surgery
    Before an Operation

    Details

    No. of pages:
    992
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2005
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Merck Manuals
    Print ISBN:
    9780911910360