The Role of Medical Treatment in the Prevention and Reduction of Psychiatric Impairment in Old Age

  • K. Bergmann
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It is customary to consider prevention in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. As the aetiology of the major functional and organic disorders is not understood, medical treatment to prevent or modify these diseases remains a hope for the future. Little of value can therefore be said about primary prevention. However, when considering the subject in a research-orientated setting perhaps some consideration can be given to the necessary preconditions for applying preventative measures. Of necessity, therefore, secondary prevention, the treatment of undetected disease, and tertiary prevention, the better treatment and management of known disease, must remain the main concerns of this paper.


Affective Disorder Senile Dementia Depressive Illness Tertiary Prevention Dementing Illness 
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