Medicine: Enjoying Old Age

It is fast becoming an old folks' world. In the U.S., by 1980 about 40% of the population will be more than 45 years old. Medical science has done so well at prolonging man's life that it has a thriving specialty devoted to making old age more pleasant, or at least more tolerable.

Last week a group of geriatrists (specialists in diseases of old age) met in Philadelphia to compare notes. The bad news: the medical profession has not found—and probably never will find—a pill to make a middle-aged man feel 18 again. But the doctors are by no means pessimistic about...

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