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Aging: on a full sea we are now afloat

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (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” …

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