Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Medicalisation of ageing: plastic people

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3494
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I walk behind two women in the street. I know nothing of fashion, but even to my untrained eye they carry the stigmata of the fashionable: gold and leather handbags, figure hugging clothes, straightened hair, wretchedly thin. I guess they are in their early 20s but wonder why they are so dolled up at 10 am. They turn, and my face becomes a Munch masterpiece, because they have palsied, expressionless faces, anaphylactic lips, the busts of lactating mothers of two, and teeth so white I swear they are false. …

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