Book review: Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (8th Edition)

Howard M Fillit, Kenneth Rockwood and John Young | Elsevier | 1168pp | £164.69 | ISBN: 9780702061851


The 8th edition of this well-regarded textbook has been revised with a focus on frailty, which is evident throughout and brings it in line with the way geriatric medicine is evolving. Its contributors include several nurses. It covers a wide range of topics including biological, medical, psychological and social gerontology with chapters covering all the main body systems, meaning it will be useful to nurses across a range of specialisms.

Health promotion

It was nice to see some chapters on normal ageing and health promotion rather than solely on pathology. The chapters on the specific problems of ageing will be of interest to nurses working with older adults. Most are comprehensive, covering causes, assessment and management.

Being a textbook this is not an easy read and the subject matter is often dense by necessity, but the inclusion of ‘key points’ at the end of each chapter and diagrams throughout help to break up the text.

It is unlikely to feature in many nurses’ personal libraries but it would make an excellent addition to any nursing library or as a resource for a ward or community team.

Reviewed by Amy Pepper, consultant Admiral Nurse, London Borough of Sutton

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