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Diseases in Old Age

A Clinical and Pathological Study of 7941 Individuals Over 61 Years of Age

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674429512

Publication Date: 01/01/1951

407 pages


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The increasing proportion of elderly persons in the population has opened up a whole new field in the medical—and the social—sciences. The study and the practice of geriatrics cannot, however, come into its own until a vast new body of knowledge about old age has been accumulated. Diseases in Old Age represents a major step in this direction. It is a clinical, pathological, and therapeutic study of 7941 individuals over 61 years of age: this group consists of all the patients over 61 of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, in the 30 years following its opening in March 1913. A chapter is devoted to each of ten groups of diseases; there is a summary of the findings; and in a concluding chapter Dr. Robert Monroe presents a forceful argument for the creation of an Old Age Center to promote the study and the welfare of the elderly.

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