Elder Care: Missing M.D.s

Wanted: more geriatricians to treat the aging

Stephen Bzdok began experiencing seizures at age 65, and doctor after doctor was unable to discover the cause. A Las Vegas lounge singer for more than 20 years, Bzdok nearly became homebound. The internists and neurologists he saw never took the time--and didn't have the expertise--to figure out what was wrong. Then an especially fierce seizure put Bzdok in a coma for four months. His family, assuming the worst, sold most of his possessions. One day, miraculously, Bzdok woke up. This time he consulted a geriatrician--a doctor with special training in care for the elderly--who soon discovered the problem: a heart...

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