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May 24, 1924

Geriatrics. A Treatise on the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases of Old Age and the Care of the Aged.

JAMA. 1924;82(21):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650470057039

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In this edition there have been several additions to the subject matter, including electrotherapy, opotherapy, asthma and influenza. While, in general, diseases of the old do not vary considerably in their manifestations from those in the young, the author brings out the point rightly that the variations, when they occur, are due to the fact that what is normal in the aged is often pathologic in the young. It is necessary to remember that the props are weaker, and hence the resistance of the superstructure is diminished. The book has many points to recommend it, in that the reader is forced to conclude that, though a patient is old, he still has good chances of recovery under the proper regimen. Here, however, is the dividing line between what the book should be and really is: It is written in a rambling, free and easy sort of style, not altogether free

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