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July 1966

An Introduction to Geriatrics.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):96. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130098030

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This book was prepared as a guide for senior medical students, young house officers, and general practitioners who are spending some time on a geriatric unit of a general hospital. The author assumes that his readers know their general medicine and has concentrated on the mistakes he has made and what he has learned over the years since he made the transition from general medicine to geriatrics. The geriatric wards in the English hospital have apparently developed into integrated units to which older patients are admitted for study, evaluation, rehabilitation, and evacuation to their homes or other facilities as indicated. The approach is comprehensive and practical throughout. Due consideration is given to social and psychological facets demonstrated by individual patients. The approach to patients is described in detail and is preferably preceded by a visit on the part of the consultant geriatrician to the patient's home before admission of the

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