Opening Remarks

  • Bernard Kouchner


The keys to one of the major challenges of the next century were given to us by Cicero, in his Cato Maior de Senectute:“One must fight old age and combat its inconveniences with the weapon of care; one must resist it as one resists disease; maintain one’s health, exercise as appropriate, eat and drink to regain one’s strength without undermining it. But it is not enough to take care of one’s body; one must also nourish the spirit and the soul. Indeed, both run the risk of being snuffed out by old age like the flame of a lamp deprived of oil.”


Increase Life Expectancy Opening Remark Major Public Health Issue Fall Birth Rate Pathological Aging 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Kouchner
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  1. 1.Minister of HealthParisFrance

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