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April 14, 1962

The Care of the Aged, the Dying and the Dead

JAMA. 1962;180(2):180. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050150086028

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This small volume of 3 lectures, classics of their kind, was first published in 1935 and now appears in a fourth printing. The views expressed are those of an outstanding family physician and reflect the result of more than 50 years of intimate knowledge gained through the care of his patients in their own homes.

Dr. Worcester stresses repeatedly that his interest is not with disease, nor with scientific medicine, but with the art of medicine dealing as it should with the patient as a person who also has a family. In contrast to the growing interest and knowledge in the field of pediatrics, the author is concerned with the paucity of both literature and interest in senescence. "Normal babies perhaps can be cared for by the wholesale; not so old men and women. They need individual attention."

He thus states his case in moving prose; "In normal senescence labor

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