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Future directions for geriatric medicine

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:936

Red rag but no bull?

  1. Adrian Turrell, senior research fellow (
  1. Trent Institute for Health Services Research, Regent Court, Sheffield S1 4DA
  2. Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, Wolverhampton WV10 OQP

    EDITOR—I waited patiently for the response to Young and Philp's editorial on future directions for geriatric medicine,1 imagining that the BMJ's postbag might be swollen by responses to their speculations.

    Why did this not seem to be so? Was it that the authors so perfectly put into words the feelings, thoughts, and hopes of their colleagues, such that there was no tinge of red in the rag being waved or no bull in the ring to be provoked? Unlike me, no one in the crowd seemed to have been expecting a contest.

    Or …

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