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January 11, 1947

The Care of the Aged (Geriatrics)

JAMA. 1947;133(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880020069029

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Dr. I. L. Nascher, generally recognized as the father of geriatrics, was the first man to apply the term to the study and treatment of conditions incident to old age. When he gave up private practice to enter the public welfare department of New York City, his mantle fell on his favorite pupil, Dr. Malford W. Thewlis. The first edition of Thewlis's Care of the Aged was published in 1919. The fact that the fifth edition is now off the press gives evidence that it has met a favorable reception from the medical profession. The volume has been completely revised and a number of new subjects have been included. It is divided into eight parts, on general considerations, geratology, medicolegal relations, miscellaneous geriatric problems, diseases of metabolism and endocrine disorders, infectious diseases and focal infection, systemic pathologic conditions and special topics. This edition, like its predecessors, is characterized by a

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