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June 16, 1951

Trends in Gerontology

JAMA. 1951;146(7):688. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070080042

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Gerontology is defined as "the scientific study of the phenomena of aging." In this readable, informative book, Dr. Shock surveys present day problems, programs, and plans concerning older persons. An expansion of a preliminary report submitted to Stanford University in 1949, this volume discusses twelve topics: population, employment, income and retirement, health insurance, housing, education (public and professional), community programs, present activities in medical research, laboratories and institutions that are engaged in or planning research, needs in research, and a detailed outline of how an institute in gerontology should be organized and what it could do. Thus the chief emphasis is on research. Not a clinical volume, this book excels as a summary and discussion of statistical, social, economic, community, and research phases of the "grave social problem" created by the rapid increase in number and proportion of our population of older persons. The book is noteworthy if only for

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