E. J. S.
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Gerontology, which is the science of aging, is no longer of mere academic interest, but presents innumerable significant questions urgently demanding study and solution. Aging is a continuous biologic process which commences immediately upon the creation of a new individual and continues until death. Therefore, gerontology crosses the pathways of thought of all biologic sciences and presents problems at all ages. In this, gerontology differs conspicuously from geriatrics which has been defined as "that branch of medical science which treats of the aged in their physiologic and pathologic relations." Thus geriatrics is concerned with the consequences of senescence, the end
S. EJ. GERONTOLOGY. Ann Intern Med. 1940;14:737–740. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-4-737
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(4):737-740.
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