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July 1964

The Care of the Geriatric Patient.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):162-163. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070208034

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People are living longer than their forebears. In the 22 years between 1937 and 1959, life expectancy from birth increased by ten years in the United States. The catch is, of course, that we cannot award these extra ten years as a prize squeezed between the ages of twenty and twenty-one or fifty and fifty-one but we have to add them to life as a postscript or addendum after three score years and ten. When would you like to win an extra ten years? I suggest that the best time to receive this prize might be at the age of twenty-two or twenty-three; this would solve all the problems of medical education even if it broke some of our deans. In any event, 16 million Americans were 65 or more years of age in 1960. And old people need more care than young. The care of these old people is

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