This specialized medical
field deals with the study and treatment of illnesses and disorders that mainly affect elderly
people (e.g., arthritis
, heart disease
, Alzheimer's disease
, etc.) The elderly present special diagnostic and treatment challenges due to their potential for impaired metabolism
combined with the likelihood of becoming over-medicated due to a variety of age-related illnesses.
who engages in this specialty is known as a geriatrician.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.