REMIGIO VICTOR BOCCIO, M.D.
To the editor: As a resident in internal medicine, I found the article by Cassel and Jameton (1) especially pertinent. Dementia is, indeed, one of the commoner problems I deal with and yet one of the most poorly understood and most neglected.
The authors suggest three reasons why more attention is not given the demented patient. In my experience, the "institutional obstacles" referred to are the most difficult to deal with as they are often outside the sphere of influence of physicians (especially housestaff, who may be the greatest offenders in neglect of the demented patient). Although I agree that
BOCCIO RV. Care for Dementia. Ann Intern Med. ;95:391. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-391_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):391.
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