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Gerald Charles Joseph Bennett

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1270

Geriatrician who campaigned against the abuse of elderly people

Gerry Bennett devoted his professional and much of his personal life to the care of older people. His earliest research was concerned with clinical standards and delays in treatment. From there, and throughout the 1980s, he began to focus on the care of elderly patients, at that time a neglected specialty.

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He was appointed a consultant at the London Hospital in 1984. Gerry was one of a handful of campaigning geriatricians who drew attention to the need for high level …

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