Medicine: Old Hearts, Old Brains

Generation ago, physicians spent most of their time rushing around to sick babies. Today, with scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles under control, most of their patients are oldsters. Although more than 30,000,000 persons in the U. S. are over 45, few doctors really know how the process of aging changes the human body. Last week in the New York Academy of Medicine, Cardiologist Ernst Philip Boas of Columbia, Neurologist Foster Kennedy of Cornell sounded off at a symposium on old hearts, old brains.

Pump and Tubes. Contrary to common medical opinion, said Dr. Boas, aging does not inevitably bring heart disease and arteriosclerosis...

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