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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 3, 1999

A PLEA FOR THE AGED.

Author Affiliations
 

Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 1999;282(17):1606I. doi:10.1001/jama.282.17.1606

BY J. W. BELL, M.D.

PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS AND CLINICAL MEDICINE,
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

One of the saddest commentaries on the medicine of the past can truthfully be said to be the neglect of the aged, as indicated by the scanty literature on the subject and the general apathy existing in the profession relative to the study of the normal changes as well as the diseases peculiar to advanced life. To the profession of France largely belongs the honor of laying the foundation for whatever we possess, fragmentary though it be, of senile pathology.

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