The Elderly Patient.

Harry Pozner, RAMC
Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):385. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090095040.
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In an imperfect world preoccupied with the mechanics of selfimmolation and the intransigence of youthpower, an increase in longevity would not seem to be a particularly desirable benefit of progress in medical and social science. The senior citizen, as the aged person is called in an even more euphemistically termed civilized society, is becoming a progressively heavier burden on the community. In most cases only personal affluence can buffer him from the minor indignities of depending for his comfort and security in his later years on corroded family and group loyalties. It is not surprising that when most of us pay little more than lip service to the humanities, there is a shocking dichotomy between the theory and practise of caring for the elderly patient. And this is basically what this book is about.

My initial irritation on scanning the first chapter, containing what appeared to be a mass of


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