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February 19, 1944

Geriatric Medicine: Diagnosis and Management of Disease in the Aging and in the Aged

JAMA. 1944;124(8):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850080070036

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The constant increase in the population of the aged has created the new specialty of medicine which concerns itself with persons of advanced years. The volume, which has been prepared under the editorship of Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz, consultant in gerontology in the National Institute of Health, includes contributions by many authors, appropriately classified in groups having to do with general considerations, the specific infective diseases, disorders of metabolism and disorders affecting various special systems of the body. Of special interest are chapters concerning physiologic and anatomic changes associated with normal aging and that on the mental changes of this period. Obviously disease as it occurs in the aged is modified by the inability of the tissues to respond as they do in youth, modified by the special physiologic conditions having to do with diet, exercise and similar factors of living. As in most other collective volumes the individual chapters

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