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Philosophy for ageing

Alexander K Cohen
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (9): 377. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00400
Published online: 2 November 2015

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn1

The enlightened but doleful predictions of the Reverend Thomas Malthus in 17982 have now truly come to pass. By 2050, Australia will be awash with centenarians, many requiring implants, artificial organs and even cerebral exchanges. No longer the dreary sere and yellow leaf, no longer Shakespeare’s dreaded seventh age “sans teeth, sans eyes … sans everything”,3 only a fortunately placed populace intent on deferring the inevitable.

  • Alexander K Cohen

  • University of Western Australia, Perth, WA

Correspondence: lexico@iinet.net.au

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