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March 16, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(11):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110071024

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To the Editor:—  Permit me to correct an error in Dr. Tuohy's article on geriatrics in your issue of January 20. He said "Masters introduced it (the word 'geriatrics') in a thesis in 1914." I coined the word "geriatrics" and suggested it to cover a special branch of medicine dealing with old age, in a paper which appeared in the New York Medical Journal Aug. 21, 1909, lectured on Geriatrics in Medical Schools in Chicago, New York and Boston from 1909 to 1916, organized the New York Geriatric Society in 1912, and Blakiston published the first edition of my textbook "Geriatrics, Diseases of Old Age and Their Treatment" in 1914. Official duties prevented the continuance of my work in geriatrics. Now, retired and well along in years (76), I still take an active interest in the subject and hope to see it become a major branch of medicine.

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