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February 28, 1977

Practical Management of the Elderly

JAMA. 1977;237(9):903-904. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270360065028

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Nearly all physicians are involved in the partial practice of geriatrics. Few source books have been available, but Sir Ferguson Anderson, in 1967, introduced his comprehensive study of the practical management of the elderly. The new third edition emphasizes the expanding, important part that the elderly play in modern society and approaches aging from the viewpoint that the aging process is not an abnormal one.

Beginning with a detailed perspective comparing and contrasting normal and abnormal aging, Dr Ferguson presents practical aids for the physician or nurse. The statistics on aging from the English socialized health system are presented in a nearly readable format that spans not only hair growth, deafness, and blood pressure, but hand-grip measurements and sleep patterns. The preventive approach is emphasized and addresses the important physician role in channeling the often lonely octagenarians toward early diagnostic health examinations, preretirement training, hobbies and crafts, friendly housing, and