Philosopher acquiesces to prevailing social mores

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7007.752b (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:752
  1. Bill Bytheway, Freelance consultant in gerontology
  1. Swansea SA2 0HX

    EDITOR,--Michael M Rivlin's arguments against rationing on grounds of age are convincing.1 Much of his reasoning, however, is essentially agist. Firstly, his constant reference to “elderly people” and “their lives” reinforces the agist distinction between “us” and “them.” The fact is that the lives of all of us …

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