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November 1979

Some Gerontologic Considerations in the Practice of Dermatology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(11):1343-1346. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010110049026

Gerontology and geriatrics are areas of increasing importance in medicine today. Although changes in the appearance and behavior of human skin have long been noted to accompany aging, physicians have only recently begun to consider the impact of such an age-associated change on the manifestations of dermatologic disease and on the dermatologic management of elderly patients. Gerontologic studies in such fields as immunology, epidermal cell kinetics, DNA damage and repair, and therapeutics are potentially of great relevance to the practicing dermatologist and deserve increased emphasis within our specialty.

(Arch Dermatol 115:1343-1346, 1979)

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