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As the population of the developed world gets proportionally older, elderly patients will continue to present more and more frequently to hospital for surgery and anaesthesia. Elderly patients pose a clinical challenge to the anaesthetist, who must take into account their special physiological, pharmacological and psychological requirements. This book offers a concise introduction to the basic science and major clinical issues facing the anaesthetist when dealing with the elderly patient.
This pocket book is the only practical guide on the management of elderly patients available for the clinical anaesthetist and senior trainee.
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In our opinion, this book succeeds in accomplishing 2 goals: it provides a solid starting point and serves as an excellent guide for trainees/young anesthetists, and it simultaneously supplements the knowledge of the most expert colleagues. The topic is particularly suited to a pocket-sized, synthetic, and easy-to-read book like this. In fact, since anesthesia in the elderly is not a subspecialty and every anesthesiologist will increasingly face aged patients, the most experienced colleagues will likely appreciate this useful and practical guide in their daily practice. (Antonio Pisano, MD, and Nicola Galdieri, MD, Anesthesia and Analgesia)About the Author:
Professor Chris Dodds is a consultant anaesthetist based at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK. His special interests include elderly anaesthesia, sleep disorders, opthalmic and neuro-anaesthesia. He has edited more than 10 books and published widely on various topics in anaesthesia. Professor Chandra Kumar is a consultant anaesthetist based in the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK. His special interests include elderly anaesthesia, colorectal anaesthesia, upper gastrointestinal tract, ophthalmic anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, gynaecology and dental anaesthesia. He has edited four books and published widely in journals on various topics in anaesthesia. Doctor Frédérique S. Servin is a consultant anaesthetist based in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bichat-Claude Bernard, AP-HP, Paris, France. Her special interests include pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationships of anaesthetic agents with specific reference to special patients groups (elderly, obese, alcoholic). Her clinical work is mainly focused on urological and ambulatory anaesthesia. She has edited several books and published mainly on pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.
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