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Ageing joints

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 09 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a61
  1. Ruth Booker, retired general practitioner, Twickenham
  1. rmgarrod{at}

    I love mountains: I love their majesty, their beauty, their massiveness, their remoteness, their everlastingness. And I love what they do to me; they make me feel small in comparison, yet they make me feel big and strong and capable when I reach their summits, they put me at peace with the world and with myself, and at the end of a hard day’s walking they leave me with a quite magical mix of physical exhaustion and spiritual fulfilment.

    But now my ageing knees are telling me that those big mountain days are soon to be no more. I do the right exercises and …

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