Terminal drop hypothesis

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In medicine, the terminal drop hypothesis is a hypothesis that a sharp reduction in cognitive capacity in older people is often correlated with impending death, typically within five years.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Siegler, Ilene C. (2007). "The terminal drop hypothesis: Fact or artifact?". Experimental Aging Research. 1 (1): 169–85. doi:10.1080/03610737508257957. PMID 802856.
  2. ^ White, N.; Cunningham, W. R. (1988). "Is Terminal Drop Pervasive or Specific?". Journal of Gerontology. 43 (6): 141. doi:10.1093/geronj/43.6.P141. PMID 3183309.