Medicine: Second Prime

Thanks to medicine (and medicine's pals) more people reach old age nowadays —even in benighted Europe. Dr. Martin Gumpert, 62, looks on the bright side of that fact. Old age is not always second childhood, says he. "There is often, instead, a second prime." In this week's New York Times Magazine, Gumpert lists some of Europe's prime oldsters. Among them:

VITTORIO EMANUELE ORLANDO, 91, sole surviving member of the Versailles "Big Four," active lawyer and member of the Italian Senate, who still works ten hours a day.

BENEDETTO CROCE, 85, Italian philosopher, who eats no meat.

VISCOUNT SAMUEL, 80, onetime British High Commissioner of...

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