Depression in late life. An historic account demonstrates the importance of making the diagnosis

Geriatrics. 2002 Dec;57(12):38-9.


Depression in older patients is common and responds well to treatment, yet the diagnosis is often missed. Not only has this conclusion been confirmed by recent research, it also was suggested years ago in the famous case of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Famous Persons
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Literature, Modern / history*
  • Medicine in Literature*

Personal name as subject

  • Charles Dickens