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December 20, 1947

Treatment of the Patient Past Fifty

JAMA. 1947;135(16):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890160077027

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This is designed to be a practical handbook for the physician dealing with senescent or senile patients and, as such, will be particularly useful. Emphasis is properly placed on practical geriatrics. Two short chapters dealing with aging and disease and the aging process are worth while as a matter of orientation, even though some statements are made that are of doubtful validity.

Dr. Boas stresses the importance to the physician of continually bearing in mind his responsibility to attempt to maintain the aged person as a "useful member of society." Practical suggestions are made on such matters as regulation of body weight, caloric intake and dietary factors for the senile patient. Also considered are rest, exercise and sleep requirements.

A major portion of this volume is devoted to consideration of cardiovascular diseases in senility. This is most fitting, because this group of diseases is the most common and serious with

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