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Life expectancy: women now on top everywhere

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

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Very odd spin on the article

I found the article regarding the increase in women's longevity to
have a bizarre spin on it - a gloating over the fact that men's longevity
is losing pace to women's. A cause to celebrate? If you care little for
men, perhaps it is. If you show an interest in both men and women, the
findings should cause concern for the age gap between men and women, and
why it should be increasing.

I found the tone to be offensive, particularly the 'humourous' title,
along with the Timothy Leary quote, which seems to be an attempt to
conflate an ideology (feminism) with medical findings - highly

I can see by the other comments left here that the spin on this
article hasn't gone unnoticed. You'd do well to report findings in the
future with more objectivity, and a concern for all human beings.

After all, isn't that what the medical profession is all about?

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 April 2006
Andrew Smith
Northampton NN1 2BN