The author has come to many conclusions in this field by virtue of years of general practice preceding his current experience as medical director of a nursing home in one of the suburbs of Chicago. The book is essentially a source of information for the middle aged children of persons over 65. It points out that the great majority of people over 65 do not require hospitalization or nursing home care, but that there are aspects of social situations involving or revolving about the older person which need consideration of the individual as a person. Subject matter is logically arranged, comprehensive, and nontechnical. There are many direct quotes from experts, official reports, and texts. The author intersperses his personal views on certain topics with statements that are personal and will probably not be accepted by many physicians.
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