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October 6, 1951

Diseases in Old Age: A Clinical and Pathological Study of 7941 Individuals Over 61 Years of Age.

JAMA. 1951;147(6):612. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670230078028

This monograph is a report on a clinical, pathologic and therapeutic survey of the records of all patients over 61 years of age on the medical service of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from its opening in March 1913 to March 1943. It includes a consideration of the social and economic problems posed by illness of older people. The survey includes the records of 7,941 patients (4,088 men and 3,853 women). Among these there were 1,874 deaths, with autopsy data on 1,171.

The first of the 14 chapters presents a review of the general features of the group: the 13th chapter is a summary of the medical findings: and the last chapter deals with a discussion of the community facilities essential for old people. The other 11 chapters deal with diseases of organ systems; nutritional disorders and alcoholism; malignant diseases and venereal diseases.

The organization of the geriatrics clinic at

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