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Thorax: the lean and slippered Pantaloon years
  1. Andrew Bush1,
  2. Ian Pavord2
  1. 1National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, London, UK
  2. 2Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Andrew Bush, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, London, UK; a.bush{at}

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Having sadly run out of Adrian Mole book titles, we move from the Prostate Years to Shakespeare's sixth age of man—and by this time next year, with our successors in place, we will truly be in our second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste (not a lot to lose there), sans everything—although perhaps our detractors will say we are in the seventh age already. So this will be our last New Year message, but not our last fling—as with our predecessors, we will be writing a final valedictory editorial in the summer, but unlike them, we will use it to pay off old scores. ‘We have a little list’—aka the Sir Arthur Sullivan's Major General—wait and see if you are on it, …

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