EDWARD J. STIEGLITZ, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Geriatric medicine is that branch of medical science which treats of the elderly in all their physiologic and pathologic relations. Its problems are not confined to those patients actually senile, for the infirmities and disorders of later years arise insidiously far earlier than their clinical manifestations. Aging, as a process or series of processes, is continuous. It starts at conception and terminates only with death. Aging is a part of living. To arrest aging, therefore, would mean destroying life. Evolution, or growth, and involution, or atrophy, occur simultaneously throughout the life span. Even during fetal life localized atrophies occur, as
STIEGLITZ EJ. PERTINENT PROBLEMS OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. 1943;18:89–95. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-18-1-89
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(1):89-95.
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