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In his introduction, the editor points out that geriatrics has been a neglected subject because the medical profession, in general, has been of the opinion that not much help could be given the elderly. The medical problems of the aging have been regarded as of minor importance when compared with, for example, the problems of child health. Geriatric medicine is now becoming recognized as a major field of medical study. The elderly, like the young, have anatomic, physiological, and pathological features peculiar to their age. There is little of specific value in standard medical books on these subjects. There is practically nothing of any importance on the normal variations that occur with passing time. In this volume the most important aspects of the health and medical problems of the elderly are discussed. There is an excellent short bibliography at the end of each chapter.
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Modern Trends in Geriatrics. JAMA. 1957;164(13):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130096028
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