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The Mark of a Cane

Michael Joel Pottash, MD, MPH
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From Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, New York.

Requests for Single Reprints: Michael Pottash MD, MPH, Jacobi Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Building 1, Room 3N21, 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY, 10461; e-mail, Michael.Pottash@nbhn.net.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):792. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00018
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“The tragedy of old age,” as Oscar Wilde writes, “is not that one is old, but that one is young.” Though we inevitably age and fall ill, we continue to regard ourselves as young and healthy. When this wisdom is overlooked in medicine, it can become a key barrier to patient care.

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