Research Article

Can geriatrics survive?

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6021.1335 (Published 29 May 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1335
  1. J C Leonard

    Abstract

    Geriatrics has consistently failed to attract enough staff, and hence geriatric units often cannot provide a full service for the elderly. Meanwhile beds in general medical units may be blocked by elderly patients. This division between geriatric and medical units is arbitrary and wasteful. There are no clinical processes or techniques unique to geriatrics, which is probably why the specialty is unattractive; few doctors want to confine their attention only to the elderly. Geriatrics as a separate specialty should therefore be largely abandoned and the care of the elderly reintegrated into general medicine.