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Historically, new medical disciplines evolve through an evangelistic phase characterized by attempts to show why the discipline is necessary, followed by a period during which its particular knowledge base, skills, and technologies are developed. Finally, it emerges as a recognized discipline that subsequently integrates new scientific information. Geriatric medicine can be viewed as being in the early portion of the second phase. Nearly all observers agree on the importance of special medical care for elderly persons; however, precisely what this discipline represents and how it differs from traditional medicine is still being articulated.
As a part of this evolution, a
Geriatric Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1990;112:887–888. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-11-887_5
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