Intended for healthcare professionals


The placenta as the tree of life

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 16 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3805

Tree of Life

People are like trees. With their roots planted firmly in the soil, trees stand tall and stately, and survive inclement weather. Likewise, people whose roots are planted firmly in family grow up strong and healthy, and survive adverse events. But without strong roots, both people and trees become weak and frail. Ideally, society is like an orchard, in which the strong and healthy shelter the weak and frail, so that everyone has a chance to be fruitful.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 December 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA