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Book and Media Reviews
August 23/30, 2006

Old Age

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(8):1000-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.1000

Everything has a history—even the study of history—so why not a history of aging? As I explain to my students, there are at least two reasons to study the phenomenon of old age, one being the increasing numbers of elderly persons. But to me the overriding reason is that the process of aging—biologically, clinically, psychologically, socially, economically—is so very fascinating.

I was taught that to understand something (including the patient's narrative), we need to understand its history. With respect to aging, this lovely book is a start. While not aimed at historians, it will certainly interest anyone who looks after elderly patients, be it in the clinical or administrative domain.

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