Gerontology: Charles Le Vieux

After Charles de Gaulle's out bursts in Canada last week, it was the diagnosis of one European diplomat that "you might as well speak to a wall. The man is getting old—he is nearly 77." And Montreal wags suggested that France's new rallying cry might be Liberté, Egalité, Sénilité.

Senility is a vague term that stands for all the physical and mental infirmities that accompany old age, but in popular usage it is applied to failing mental processes. Although gerontologists have remarkably little insight as to how and why aging occurs, the physical effects...

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