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Contribution from geriatric medicine within acute medical wards.
In 1977 a scheme of attachment to acute medical wards of consultants in geriatric medicine and associated junior medical staff was instituted in a large Edinburgh teaching hospital. The effect on
Acute lateral periodontal abscesses
A study of constipation in the elderly living at home.
A cross-sectional survey of bowel habit has been carried out on 201 elderly patients living at home. Although symptoms of constipation were common, reported bowel frequency was similar to younger
Follow-up study of two hundred admissions to a residential home.
The mortality of both groups was greater than expected, particularly in the early weeks and in those suffering from cerebrovascular disease.
The functional status of elderly people admitted to a local authority residential home.
It is shown that although new residents are suitable on admission to residential care, they are marginally so and are likely to become more dependent and this has future implications for staff levels and training in residential homes.
Severe hypernatremic dehydration in a newborn infant.
  • R. G. Smith
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Paediatrics & child health
  • 1998
A female infant presented with severe hypernatremic dehydration and failure to thrive two weeks after birth, highlighting the need for follow-up and support after early discharge of newborns.
The delivery of interim discharge summaries to general practitioners by the elderly.
Interim discharge summaries should be given to elderly patients for delivery to their GPs: this is both reliable and rapid, and clearly more cost-effective than any other form of delivery.
The relationship between digital rectal examination and abdominal radiographs in elderly patients.
The relationship between digital rectal examination and the findings of faecal loading on abdominal radiograph was studied in elderly patients admitted to hospital and soft faeces in the rectum were commoner in older patients and were associated with faecic loading in the caecal area.
Observer variation in the clinical assessment of stroke.
The methods used to reduce the observer variation in the clinical assessment of stroke patients are described and results are presented which demonstrate the degree to which this was achieved.