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A Long-term Care Unit in a General Hospital

Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(2):285-294. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-2-285
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Since the conquest of communicable disease, chronic illness has become the foremost public health problem of our time. The constant rise in the number of aged in our population increases the magnitude of the problem. Nine and four tenths percent of all persons between the ages of 65 and 75 have major limitations of their activities due to chronic illness, and 27.8% have partial limitations (1). Since the number of persons over the age of 65 increases by 3.5 million each decade, the number of those afflicted with partial and major physical disabilities will rise in proportion. Yet, at this


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