Charles Cowling
    “Last week, I attended the funeral of one of my uncles. His irresponsible lifestyle, which included eating meat, smoking, drinking alcohol and ignoring sell by dates, resulted in his life being cut short at the age of 94.”   Source        
Charles Cowling
  We’ve just read in the Guardian that today is reckoned to be the most depressing of the year. Gosh. If you are sitting in a puddle of seasonal misery and wretchedness, this may cheer you up: I recently changed primary care physician. After a comprehensive history and physical exam
Charles Cowling
Pic stolen from here   This will interest some of you at least — the more numerate and analytical. It’s an online diagnostic tool to determine longevity. Here’s the rationale as described by the New York Times: To help prevent overtesting and overtreatment of older patients — or undertreatment for
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Charles Cowling   Extracted from an article in yesterday’s New York Times:  I hope you had the chance to read and reread Dudley Clendinen’s splendid essay, “The Good Short Life”. Clendinen is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S. If he uses all the available medical technology, it
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
If you like waking up to war, famine, pestilence and people shouting at each other you like Radio 4. Oddly, I do. This morning I emerged from a day-denying doze to hear medical people warning of the cancerous perils of alcohol, even small amounts of it. You too perhaps. Chilling
Charles Cowling
Every week in the Spectator magazine Peter Jones takes an occurrence or development in contemporary society and politics and considers it in the light of what the ancients did when faced with the same circumstances. This week he considers the art of dying. I’d now bung you a link but I
Charles Cowling
I know I go on about this, but I think it important. Long, long life is getting to be a problem. Thirty years ago dying was a relatively brief, often unexpected episode. Clever medics can now prolong it – intolerably and expensively. That last goodbye for most of us just
Charles Cowling
Sent to PostSecret
Charles Cowling
Time spent on a Monday morning in the company of Don unfailingly gets the week going with a smile.