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April 1988

Medicine in Old Age: Skin Problems in the Elderly

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(4):601. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670040083031

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The number of elderly patients in the population is increasing, and it has been estimated that by the year 2030,10% of the US population will be over the age of 65 years. The medical problems seen in this previously neglected and rapidly enlarging group of patients are now arousing much interest in clinicians as well as researchers.

This textbook is a part of a series entitled Medicine in Old Age, which is designed to familiarize hospital physicians with both research and clinical developments in various fields of geriatric medicine. Skin Problems in the Elderly has been edited by Lionel Fry, and each chapter in the book has been written by British or European authors, each of whom is an expert in his or her dermatologic field. The aim of the book as stated in the preface, is to concentrate on skin disorders most commonly seen in the elderly, and to

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