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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:

Life Expectancy

Would it not be more informative to look at statistics of something
called "years left at a certain age"?

We seem to go around bragging about the vastly increased life
expectancy between 1900 and 2000 but no one mentions either the quality of
life in our oldsters today or the almost negligible difference in years
left at a certain age, between 1900 and 1990 (the last year statistics I
could find).

Any increase in lifespan is most certainly not due to the great
advances in medical treatment.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

10 April 2006
Dr. Herbert H. Nehrlich
Private Practice
Bribie Island, Australia 4507