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May 1955

Aging Skin, a Surgical Challenge

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(5):554-562. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020571006

"The days of our years are threescore and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow."1 So chanted the psalmist. Modern medicine gives promise of pushing ahead this limit to ages beyond that set by the Biblical goal. A life expectancy of 50 years at the beginning of the 20th century has been extended to one of 68 years.2 But of what value is longevity if old age is to be "the tomb of the living" (Martin Luther), or, in the words of Ecclesiastes, "Thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them."3

Until the geriatrician has learned to prevent or postpone one of the most unpleasant features of senescence—facial wrinkles—the surgeon can do much to enrich these added years and help make them fruitful and happy ones.2

It is becoming more and more evident that

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