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December 1, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(14):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310017005

The problem which is before all people in the United States in general, and before gerontologists in particular, may be stated in a simple question: What adjustments should and must be made in our society to meet the changing proportions of age groups in our population? The answer to the question is not simple because the solution of the problem, and consequently the adjustments, will touch on every facet of our social and economic life.

WHAT GERONTOLOGY IS  Gerontology, the study of the aging processes, is not a discipline of concern chiefly or even primarily to the gerontologist. In fact, I believe we would make more progress if we recognize once and for all that gerontology is not a separable and distinct area of knowledge and activity. Rather, it is a subspecialty of every other branch of learning. I apply this concept to medicine, that is to geriatrics, as well

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