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Population aging and health

Population aging and health Education and debate Geriatric medicine: a brief history John Grimley Evans Nuffield Old age has always been with us. The ancient Egyptians Department of and the author of the 12th chapter of Ecclesiastes were Summary points Clinical Medicine, familiar with the common disabilities of later life. Sur­ Division of Clinical Geratology, vival into what we still regard as old age was not Old age has always been with us—average lifespan Radcliffe Infirmary, unusual in classical Greece (table). The average length Oxford OX2 6HE is increasing but maximum lifespan is the same of human life has increased over the centuries as living John Grimley Evans, conditions have improved and childhood mortality has Geriatrics—an American invented the word, the professor fallen; the maximum lifespan of our species is deter­ English invented the specialty john.grimleyevans@ mined largely by our genes and will be the same as it geratology.oxford. ever was. Early geriatric practice set standards throughout ac.uk Doctors and philosophers of antiquity commented the NHS on age associated illness. Hippocrates noted conditions BMJ 1997;315:1075–7 common in later life, and Aristotle offered a theory of With the aging of the population, geriatricians aging based on loss of heat. Two thousand years were to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BMJ British Medical Journal

Population aging and health

BMJ , Volume 315 (7115) – Oct 25, 1997

Population aging and health

BMJ , Volume 315 (7115) – Oct 25, 1997

Abstract

Education and debate Geriatric medicine: a brief history John Grimley Evans Nuffield Old age has always been with us. The ancient Egyptians Department of and the author of the 12th chapter of Ecclesiastes were Summary points Clinical Medicine, familiar with the common disabilities of later life. Sur­ Division of Clinical Geratology, vival into what we still regard as old age was not Old age has always been with us—average lifespan Radcliffe Infirmary, unusual in classical Greece (table). The average length Oxford OX2 6HE is increasing but maximum lifespan is the same of human life has increased over the centuries as living John Grimley Evans, conditions have improved and childhood mortality has Geriatrics—an American invented the word, the professor fallen; the maximum lifespan of our species is deter­ English invented the specialty john.grimleyevans@ mined largely by our genes and will be the same as it geratology.oxford. ever was. Early geriatric practice set standards throughout ac.uk Doctors and philosophers of antiquity commented the NHS on age associated illness. Hippocrates noted conditions BMJ 1997;315:1075–7 common in later life, and Aristotle offered a theory of With the aging of the population, geriatricians aging based on loss of heat. Two thousand years were to

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Publisher
British Medical Journal
Copyright
© 1997 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
ISSN
0959-8138
eISSN
1468-5833
DOI
10.1136/bmj.315.7115.1082
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Abstract

Education and debate Geriatric medicine: a brief history John Grimley Evans Nuffield Old age has always been with us. The ancient Egyptians Department of and the author of the 12th chapter of Ecclesiastes were Summary points Clinical Medicine, familiar with the common disabilities of later life. Sur­ Division of Clinical Geratology, vival into what we still regard as old age was not Old age has always been with us—average lifespan Radcliffe Infirmary, unusual in classical Greece (table). The average length Oxford OX2 6HE is increasing but maximum lifespan is the same of human life has increased over the centuries as living John Grimley Evans, conditions have improved and childhood mortality has Geriatrics—an American invented the word, the professor fallen; the maximum lifespan of our species is deter­ English invented the specialty john.grimleyevans@ mined largely by our genes and will be the same as it geratology.oxford. ever was. Early geriatric practice set standards throughout ac.uk Doctors and philosophers of antiquity commented the NHS on age associated illness. Hippocrates noted conditions BMJ 1997;315:1075–7 common in later life, and Aristotle offered a theory of With the aging of the population, geriatricians aging based on loss of heat. Two thousand years were to

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BMJBritish Medical Journal

Published: Oct 25, 1997

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