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Survival of the Unfittest

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2224
  1. Kenneth Collins, research fellow, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow
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    Bernard Isaacs had the good fortune to enter the emerging specialty of geriatric medicine in the 1950s at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital, where Professor Ferguson Anderson and his colleagues understood the challenge of rehabilitating the elderly patients with chronic diseases who had been admitted to their wards. In 1975 Isaacs left Glasgow when he was appointed to the chair of geriatric medicine at Birmingham University. In his 15 years there Isaacs created a teaching programme for medical students and developed specialist training for doctors entering geriatric medicine. He set up a clinic to look …

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