VALERY A. PORTNOI, M.D.
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To the editor: The article on drug therapy in the elderly (1) is a comprehensive and stimulating essay on the state of the art; however, one additional comment or clarification may be of value. The article leaves an impression that the polypharmacy so frequently seen in drug therapy in the elderly is inevitable because of concurrent medical conditions requiring control by many medications. The article does not stress that most of the conditions are stable, at times self-limited, and can be controlled without drug therapy. We have recently reported the results of a study in which long-term (average, 2 years)
PORTNOI VA. Drug Therapy in Elderly Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;96:376. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-3-376_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(3):376.
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