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March 14, 1942

Treatment of the Patient Past Fifty

JAMA. 1942;118(11):931. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830110073033

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Recognition of the increasing importance of geriatrics is spreading quickly. Students of this field of medical practice appreciate that there are special problems in dealing with older people as well as certain diseases which occur more frequently in the aged than in younger adults. Normal aging brings many functional, structural and mental changes, some obvious and other occult. These changes affect the course, prognosis, symptomatology and treatment of disease. They also alter the normal; normality is not a fixed point but a series of variables changing with age. The aged present characteristics peculiar to their senescence. Dr. Boas, in this splendid little book, clearly recognizes these distinctions and keeps them in mind throughout his discussions of disorders of the various systems. The volume attempts to cover a tremendous amount of ground. Of necessity, some of the discussions are sketchy; this is particularly true of the chapters on the aging processes

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