Medicine: Aging Riddle

Despite the Bible and Bernard Shaw, most doctors think that no human being can hope to live much more than 100 years. The ripest old age ever verified was that of a Canadian who lived to be 113.* But according to Dr. V. G. Korenchevsky of Oxford University, an authority on longevity, more & more people are crowding the Canadian's record. Dr. Korenchevsky, reporting last week on a census of Britain's centenarians (oldest: 112), found that, percentagewise, the number of people over 100 is rising faster than the population. Between 1938 and 1945 Britain had 873 centenarians, a gain of 145...

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