The major task of medicine with the geriatric population is to assist with the promotion of a vigorous quality of life and maintenance of function. The key to functioning is cognitive capacity. Evidence is offered that physicians are still not assessing their patients' intellectual functioning, despite its importance not just for coping, but also for the very maintenance of life. Dementia and delirium are too frequently missed. Deficits in attitude, skill, and knowledge all contribute to this failure. It must be addressed in medical education, both in medical school and in postgraduate medical education.
(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:177-178)
McCartney JR. Physicians' Assessment of Cognitive CapacityFailure to Meet the Needs of the Elderly. Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(1):177–178. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360130215027