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Geriatrics: The Need for Science and Policy

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Visiting Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(2):279-281. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-2-279
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A conference on medical care at the University of Chicago in 1976, addressed by Swedish physicians, academics, and administrators, was marked by a general preoccupation with that country's increasingly large geriatric population (more than 14% in 1973) (1). Sweden's seemingly excellent geriatric services often strike foreign observers because of their emphasis on institutional care. England, too, has excellent geriatric services and is also facing a growing population of persons over age 65. Its services are characterized by diversity—recreational programs, meals on wheels, home helps, visiting nurses, halfway homes, geriatric and general hospitals. The need for geriatric specialists who have created




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