Different manifestations of old age have been catalogued for many years, but scientific attention was not directed to them until a half-century ago. A New York physician, Ignatz Leo Nascher, coined the word “geriatrics” (from the Greek “geron,” meaning old man) and applied it to that special branch of medicine which deals with the typical diseases of the advanced years. The word “gerontology,” meaning “study of old man,” was derived, naturally, from this root. Thus, while the former (geriatrics) denotes the practice of medical means to alleviate the results of aging, the latter term (gerontology) categorizes the theory of aging.


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