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July 7, 1956

FEATURES OF GERONTOLOGY'S CLINICAL FUTURE

JAMA. 1956;161(10):948-952. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100014005
Abstract

• Improvement in the management of man's older years will depend on collective social efforts. These will be directed not so much toward the building of more hospitals and institutions of various categories as toward the development of home care, of foster homes and custodial homes, of improved housing in cities, and of "age" communities in favorable climates.

Medical care will be improved by a reorientation of medical education all the way from schools to bedside. Attention to nutritional and endocrine problems will begin earlier in adult life. There will be increasing emphasis on immunization procedures, and rehabilitation programs will make sure that aging individuals will make their best possible contribution to society and achieve the fulness of their biological possibilities.

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