Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Life expectancy: women now on top everywhere

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:808

Rapid Response:

Gloating about men dying earlier


If ‘being a man’ were a profession, the Health & Safety Executive
would be all over us, as the men-related reduced life expectancy, compared
to other professions, i.e. here that of ‘being a women’, seems to be 6.3
years (in the UK, more elsewhere).

The (let’s face it) shamefully gloating note by Anna Barford et al.
should not have been published in the BMJ in this form. They did not even
consider, as far as I can see, that women now having a higher or equal
life-expectancy compared to men in some developing countries may be due to
life-expectancy of men in those countries coming down.

Sincerely yours,

Reinhard Wentz

Competing interests:
I am male

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 April 2006
Reinhard Wentz
Twickenham TW2 7S