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June 16, 1956

Mental Disorders in Later Life

JAMA. 1956;161(7):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970070097034

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An expanded and revised edition of a good book is always welcome. This is especially true when, like this one, it is the only one of its kind, is timely, and has as authors for its 18 chapters men who have been chosen for their original or pioneer work in the general field with which this volume deals. The mental diseases of later life have increased in relative and absolute numbers. Present trends indicate that all physicians and most specialists will find an increasing proportion of such patients in their practices. This book is intended to decrease the air of hopelessness with which the mental disorders of older persons are regarded, encourage more energetic and scientifically oriented treatment of them, and promote interest in their further study. The book succeeds in doing so by the interest it awakens and the documented reasons for optimism it presents.

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