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To the Editor:—
Of late years the students of vital and social statistics have been calling our attention to the remarkable increase in longevity which is having such a profound influence on our way of living. As the length of our days on earth is increased we find ourselves living longer, in health and otherwise, with people who must live longer with us. Youth, being confronted with the problems of age, must share them. Youth too may be stricken by long-term disease, as in the case of rheumatic fever with its complications and sequelae. Against the satisfaction and joy of preventing and curing illness in the earlier years we now have the specter of the degenerative and malignant diseases which are more characteristic of the later years.The "acute" hospital, which has chosen and specialized in emergencies during the earlier years of our lives, can have only one response to
Bluestone EM. THE EMERGENCE OF THE CHRONIC PATIENT. JAMA. 1943;123(6):374. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840410056020
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