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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 16, 2002


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2002;287(3):288. doi:10.1001/jama.287.3.288

Metchnikoff, the great champion of phagocytosis, has begun to study the development of senile atrophy from a biologic standpoint. Because senility so often manifests itself at a time in the life of the individual when the instinct of self-preservation is pronounced, and because the wearing out of the body and spirit is not always accompanied by the feeling of need of repose, Metchnikoff suggests that much of the senility of the present day is abnormal and that it might be possible to discover remedies for it.

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