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October 13, 1951

Conference on Problems of Aging: Transactions of the Twelfth Conference, February 6-7, 1950, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;147(7):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670240089031

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This volume records a series of five informal sessions covering several areas in the field of gerontology: the intrapersonal aspects, presented by Lawrence K. Frank; the interpersonal aspects, by Robert J. Havighurst; the relation of gerontology to clinical medicine, by Edgar J. Stiglitz; the psychopathological aspects of aging, by William Malamud; and the economic aspects of human gerpntology, by Charles V. Kidd.

The major goal of the conference was to establish communication between the various disciplines, by discussion rather than formal presentations. This plan is admirably carried out, and in general the spirit of free exhange of ideas is well preserved. Each subject was presented with the idea of evoking discussion which is developed by a small group of participants representing the fields of biology, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, psychology, sociology, education, economics, internal medicine, and psychiatry.

One is impressed with the emphasis throughout the entire conference on our lack of

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