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A Grotesque Old Woman

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 22 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2940

In Praise of the Elderly

Life is a paradox: we want to live, but we don’t want to age or look old. Since
living and aging are inseparable, and since old age is inevitable, we must
reconcile ourselves to the consequences of living. So let’s learn to appreciate
the magic of a wrinkled face, thinning hair, mottled skin, trembling hands, a
toothless smile, and a wise gaze that has seen life. And let’s pay homage to the
elderly by emphasizing their unique beauty and wisdom.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

11 August 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA