International Psychogeriatrics

Letter

Protection from late life depression

John Snowdona1

a1 Clinical Professor, Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, and Old Age Psychiatrist, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Concord Hospital, NSW, Australia Email: jsnowdon@mail.usyd.edu.au

I respect and like Dan Blazer more than (or at least as much as) any other psychiatrist I've met. He is a world expert on late life depression and a pre-eminent researcher and teacher – but that is why statements made by him in a recent guest editorial in this journal (Blazer, 2010) must not be left unchallenged.