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Letters Turning old age into a disease?

Better evidence is the answer

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1199
  1. Miles D Witham, clinician scientist and clinical lecturer in ageing and health1
  1. 1Section of Ageing and Health, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY
  1. m.witham{at}

    Although guidelines are inappropriately applied to frail older people,1 ignoring disease or its risk factors in older people is not a useful response. The high rates of illness and consequent devastating effects on physical and psychosocial function borne by many older people suggest …

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