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Geriatric medicine: whose specialty?
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PMID:  496117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The recommendation of the 1978 report of the Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., states that there should not be "a formal practice specialty in geriatrics." The United Kingdom has a comprehensive geriatric service based on a separate specialty of geriatric medicine. This speciality was developed before the National Health Service in 1948. The future of geriatric medicine is not clearly defined. It should continue, I believe, as a separate speciality but with deliberate policies to bring it back into "mainstream medicine." This will involve closer integration with family practice, internal medicine, and psychiatry. While I realize that the operation of the geriatric service in Edinburgh, where I work, could not simply be transplanted into an American setting, the principles of geriatric care ought to be applied within a specialist service if the increasing problems of the aging in American society are to be adequately met.
J Williamson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of internal medicine     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0003-4819     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1979 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-12-27     Completed Date:  1979-12-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372351     Medline TA:  Ann Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  774-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Geriatrics / trends*
Great Britain
Specialization / trends*
United States

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