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April 13, 1957

Problems of Aging

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500097038

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This volume consists of an opening address and 19 lectures contributed to a program on problems of old age by various authorities. The plan was to present a cross section of modern research activities in this field. There has had to be some repetition of familiar material, but this up-to-date survey of the field is valuable because it brings together facts published elsewhere in less compact and less accessible form. The earlier chapters struggle with questions of definition and biological concepts and are necessarily vague. The later chapters deal quite concretely with the management of injuries, surgical emergencies, general surgery and anesthesia, nervous and mental disease, and chronic disability in old age. They contain many practical suggestions for the physician. The accumulating evidence, given in the chapter on experimental prolongation of the life span, that underfeeding sufficient to retard growth also retards aging, and the extraordinary cases, described in the

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