C. Conrad Johnston Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.; David M. Smith, M.D. (Member)
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Clinical osteoporosis is predominantly a disease of elderly women, characterized by a decrease in bone mass and an attendant increase in fracture rate. All women lose bone mass with advancing age; those who develop fractures and clinical osteoporosis might either lose bone at an accelerated rate or might have a smaller initial skeletal mass. In order to examine these two possibilities bone mass was measured by the photon absorption technique in 372 white females. Scans of the radius were performed in an area of predominantly trabecular bone and in an area of predominantly cortical bone (Metabolism 17:1140, 1968). With this
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Johnston CC, Smith DM. Postmenopausal Osteoporosis—A Predictable Disease?. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:824. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-824_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):824.
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