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September 15, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(3):210-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970200058013

A STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGING  At the June, 1955, session of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association a resolution recommending the creation of a committee on geriatrics was adopted. As recommended, this committee was established under the Council on Medical Service. At the first meeting of the committee it became evident that the scope of its studies should be broader than the field inferred by the term geriatrics.Unfortunately, geriatrics suggests the limited field of caring for the aged. It is a term that most serious students of aging avoid except to designate care of those far spent in their life content and activities. It probably has a certain utility but is not a stimulating title that can arouse the interest of members of the medical profession. After a thorough discussion, the committee recommended that its title be changed to that of Committee on Aging.

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