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A walk down memory lane

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b687
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I graduated from university, swam on the Great Barrier Reef, looked upon Krakatoa, played roulette in Caesar’s Palace, and saw my children born. I value the memories of my youth. But our world gathers speed with age. Mid-life mugs you on the way home from your 40th birthday party wielding the knife of your own mortality. Terrified, we take up running, buy AC/DC tickets, wear inappropriate clothes, dye our hair, or grow silly facial hair. But the harder we cling to youth, …

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