Medicalisation of ageing: plastic peopleBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3494 (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3494
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
I walk behind two women in the street. I know nothing of fashion, but even to my untrained eye they carry the stigmata of the fashionable: gold and leather handbags, figure hugging clothes, straightened hair, wretchedly thin. I guess they are in their early 20s but wonder why they are so dolled up at 10 am. They turn, and my face becomes a Munch masterpiece, because they have palsied, expressionless faces, anaphylactic lips, the busts of lactating mothers of two, and teeth so white I swear they are false. …
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