Aging: on a full sea we are now afloatBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7115.0 (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0
The process that led to this theme issue of the BMJ on aging began some two years ago, but the issue is published at a time when aging is everywhere. This is not coincidence. Something is up. Shakespeare, who wrote so powerfully about aging in King Lear, tells us how to respond.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune….
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
The first “coincidence” …