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The Scope of Geriatrics

Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(6):842-843. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-82-6-842
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Simple truth well told often enough, will be believed by some. The problem is in discerning what truth is. For those of us who believe that old people are important, however, a recent publication from WHO (1) is encouraging. It states what the needs of the aged are and, in a general way, how their needs can be met.

A World Health Organization Expert Committee met in Geneva in November 1973. The committee-of-seven from seven different countries was headed by Professor W. F. Anderson of Glasgow. It is no surprise, then, that the report is in substantial agreement, even to




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