On becoming 79

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:812
  1. Mike Courtenay, retired general practitioner
  1. Flower Pot Cottage, Adderbury

    Somewhere on the path of my medical education I had been told about the aches and pains of old age. I had made a conscious decision, as part of my determination to avoid ageism in my work, to ignore what I had been told in the interest of avoiding missing an important diagnosis in an elderly patient who produced vague symptoms. But, now I have entered the final year of my eighth decade, I have …

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