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All About Old Age: The 5 Types of Aging Books

Recently, a pediatrician friend remarked that people – patients’ parents, friends, strangers she chats with briefly in airports and coffee lines – were always asking her for recommendations on the best books about childhood. I had to admit that I don’t get many requests about books on old age. That’s a shame, because there are [...]

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Acronyms: 3 Simple Rules for Making them Meaningful

In the last two days I have received several emails about WEAAD. Yup. WEAAD… My response: As it turned out, people were sending me these WEAAD emails because they want to publicize a worldwide (the “W) day devoted to an important cause that is right up my alley as a geriatrician: Elder Abuse. Yet when first [...]

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

This was the question a writing-inclined youngdoctor (UCSF palliative care fellow @lauraekoehn) and I faced recently. She had never blogged and felt ambivalent despite encouragement from our local GeriPal bloggerati, Eric Widera and Alex Smith. I blogged when my book first came out and then, well, I didn’t. We shared two key hesitations: the point is to [...]

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