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November 1951


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(5):478-492. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750110014004

IN THE past 50 years there has been an upward shift in the age structure of our population. This trend has brought about perplexing economic, psychological, and sociologic problems. According to the United States Census Bureau, the nation is aging rapidly.1 Between 1930 and 1940 the total population increased 7.2%, while the group of persons aged 65 and over increased 35%, roughly five times as rapidly as the general population.2 Conservative estimates are that by 1980 more than 40% of our population will be over 45 years of age. Piersol and Bortz3 pointedly say, "it is for science not only to add years to life, but more important, to add life to the years." The surgeon with special knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck and with adequate training in plastic surgery can relieve the geriatric and psychosomatic services of part of their burdens, for

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