Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Age concern

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2096
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    My number is nearly up. Soon I too will be pursued for blood pressure screening. But I will ignore the letter. I refuse to be lassoed and corralled into medical care and shall instead run free in the plains of life, taking my chances in nature’s cold open space. I know the facts: a steady decline in vascular disease is largely independent of medical care, and numbers needed to treat are as expansive as the prairie sky. I may be in denial, irresponsible, or just plain stupid, …

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