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September 8, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190081021

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Congress of the Society of Gerontology.  —The first Congress of the Spanish Society of Gerontology was held in Barcelona in June, 1950. Dr. A. Pedro y Pons, professor of internal medicine at the University of Barcelona, presided, and the attendance of over 300 was unexpectedly large for a nation with a relatively small number of medical schools. Dr. R. Navarro Gutierrez (professor at the National School of Phthisiology) and Dr. J. L. Alvarez Sala (assistant professor in the faculty of medicine), both of Madrid, reported on pulmonary tuberculosis in the aged. Some of their conclusions follow.Conditions in the aged that influence the course of tuberculosis include circulatory, renal, and hepatic affections, intermediate metabolic processes, and lowered immunity. In the aged, the forms of tuberculosis are, on the whole, similar to those found in other periods of life. Greater accuracy in diagnosis as well as wider use of the latest

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