Flaws in agist arguments

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7007.752a (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:752
  1. Richard J Lilford, Chairman
  1. Research School of Medicine, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN

    Doctors need pragmatic strategies

    EDITOR,--In his article on agism Michael M Rivlin points out that old people differ greatly in their wishes and prognoses.1 Any argument concerning agism should, however, take account of the consideration “other things being equal.” Thus Rivlin is right to point out that old people often have a good medical prognosis, that treatment might produce substantial benefit, and that many old people seem more “deserving” than …

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