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October 25, 1985


JAMA. 1985;254(16):2286-2288. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360160118028

Geriatric medicine, although nebulous by tradition, is gaining form and structure as its importance is recognized by academic, professional, and governmental organizations. During the very recent past, the scientific base of geriatrics has expanded to include investigation of such conditions as hypertension, which affect both the elderly and individuals of middle age. In addition, researchers have begun to address the early control of risk factors for diseases that become manifest in later years.

Geriatric medicine is increasingly being recognized as integral to the entire spectrum of adult medicine; educational material is being integrated into the medical school curriculum and the continuing medical education efforts of some specialities.1 Guidelines for the teaching of geriatric medicine have been adopted by the American Academy of Family Physicians,2 and the means for recognizing special competence in geriatric medicine are under consideration by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board