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For those who ponder the matter, the emergence of geriatrics as a speciality is a foregone conclusion. Witness the aging of our society; the disappearance of the extended family; the constraints imposed by utilization review committees; the frustration of many physicians in dealing with old people; the inability of many elderly persons to adapt comfortably to surroundings that may be threatening or dangerous. More important, once the physician overcomes his prejudices or his impatience, geriatrics is professionally challenging and often fun.
From the number of books coming from the United Kingdom—from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and London—it appears that geriatrics is
Assessment of the Elderly Patient.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:289–290. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-2-289_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(2):289-290.
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