April 1942

Treatment of the Patient Past Fifty.

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By Ernst P. Boas. Price, $4. Pp. 324, with 19 illustrations. Chicago: The Year Book Publishers, Inc., 1941.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(4):719. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200160170018

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The reviewer has no criticism of this book, which is well written by a man who obviously knows what he is talking about; he does, however, have a considerable doubt as to the need of a separate book on the medical treatment of the aged. After all, no new principles are invoked, and one really deals with a purely artificial division if one separates people into those over and those under 50. One discerns in all this the lush tendency to overdo, to specialize artificially and in other ways to make medicine as cumbersome and complicated as possible which seems to have caught every one nowadays. Followed to its logical conclusion, this idea may in the end produce books on the medical treatment of adolescents, of young adults, of persons in the middle decades, etc., etc.—clearly a reduction to absurdity.

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