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Incidence of disease and disability in elderly men
Author(s)Felicity Edwards, Thomas McKeown, A G W Whitfield
Journal titleBritish Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine, vol 13, no 2, April 1959
PublisherBritish Medical Association, London, April 1959
Pagespp 51-58
KeywordsOlder men ; Over 70s ; Physical disabilities ; Ill health ; Statistics [data] ; Social surveys ; Birmingham.
AnnotationThis article reports on 11 general practitioners in Birmingham who examined all of the men on their lists aged 70 and over. Of the six commonest diseases - bronchitis, coronary disease, arthritis, hypertension, hernia, and peptic ulcer - the first three were associated with a high incidence of disability. Only arthritis and possibly peptic ulcer showed an increase in frequency with age; only bronchitis has a marked association with social class. Frequency of disability was consistently related to social class. Of men over 70, about a quarter gave `gardening' as their chief pleasure, and one third gave `poor health' as their chief complaint. The effect of bias by exclusion of men living in hospitals and other institutions is examined.
Accession NumberCPA-930624085 A
ClassmarkBC: BBK: BN: CH: 6C: 3F: 87E *

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