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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

A wicked encyclopaedia

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 16 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3814
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I can’t help myself. It’s the hair, the certainty, the complaints about student debt, then the gap year travel tales, and their Facebook avatar: young people irritate me. I go to bed at 10 pm to wake still shattered, but they stay out till 3 am and appear bright (but red) eyed and bushy tailed. The young assume that anyone aged over 30 knows nothing, anyone over 40 is pre-dementing, and those over 50 should be retired. And the young can’t tell middle aged people apart, not even men from women—we all look alike.

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