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November 1970

Behavior and Adaptation in Late Life.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;23(5):478-479. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750050094013

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This book is the product, for the most part, of the staff of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Not only are 15 of the 17 authors from the Center, but there are frequent references to findings from the longitudinal studies of the aged started at Duke back in 1954. This is not set up as a research report, however, but is intended to provide a relatively nontechnical summary of knowledge and thought in the field aimed at the broadest possible audience, including students, professionals, and even the general reader with aged parents. With such a broad range of potential readers, the material presented is quite varied—eg, the very comprehensive and clear discussion of functional psychiatric disorders in the aged written by the editors, such far-ranging subjects as chapters on the economics of retirement, on social casework and nursing for

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