Training Doctors to Care for Old People

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Abstract

Having spent most of my professional life in medical education, I was disturbed by what I found while serving during 1978 on a committee formed to take a close look at how well the medical problems of the aged are being dealt with in our training systems today. The committee had been organized by the Institute of Medicine at the request of the Director of the National Institute of Aging and contained representatives of various fields, including psychiatry, surgery, nursing, rehabilitation, sociology, family practice, internal medicine, and certain medical organizations. Information was sought from medical schools and specialty societies, and

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