BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1136
  1. M Malaguarnera,
  2. G Pistone,
  3. M Motta

    The elderly and quality of life

    The goddess Eos (Aurora) fell in love with the mortal Tithonus and begged Zeus to grant him immortality. Alas, she forgot to ask for eternal youth and vigour and after many years of happiness Tithonus aged and life became unsupportable. Initially Eos looked after him but when his appearance became unsightly she confined him in a room and changed him into a grasshopper. Elderly Tithonus could no longer move and only the sound of his voice could …

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