What's in a name?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7302.1606 (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1606

To be medicine for the elderly, or not to be

  1. Richard Day, consultant physician
  1. Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Poole Hospital, Dorset BH15 2JB
  2. Jubilee Field Surgery, Wiltshire SN14 6DQ

    EDITOR—The specialty of geriatric medicine has not settled on a name, so I was interested to find out which name was the most popular. Additionally, I want to make a case for the use of a single name.

    The “geriatric medicine” and “medicine” subsections of the BMJ's classified jobs section were surveyed for six months (May to October 2000 inclusive). The job title displayed in the heading or departmental title for each post was recorded. Jobs in all grades were recorded, providing the post had a “geriatric” component.

    Altogether 478 posts in “geriatric medicine” were advertised in 24 issues. The table shows the frequency with …

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