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A passing age

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1111
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    The generation that I think I most respect is dying out. Throughout my career I have listened to the stories of old people who lived through extraordinary times. They were touched by a kind of insouciant nobility of the kind caught only on the edge of reluctant sentences. The man, put ashore from the Hood with appendicitis, still guilty about being an accidental survivor. The code breakers and spies who kept their secrets all their lives merely …

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