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Old and Sick in AmericaThe Journey through the Health Care System$
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Muriel R. Gillick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635248

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635248.001.0001

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Entering the Palace of Technology

Entering the Palace of Technology

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(p.81) Chapter Five Entering the Palace of Technology
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Old and Sick in America
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Muriel R. Gillick M.D.

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635248.003.0005

Hospitals are both potentially life-saving and dangerous. For vulnerable older people, the hospital poses the risk of developing acute confusion, adverse drug reactions, falls, and loss of independence. It is a technologically-intensive, unfamiliar environment that is often disorienting to elderly patients.

Keywords:   Iatrogenesis, Hospitalization, Life-prolongation, Technology, Side-effects

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