Go on, GPs, admit it: You've got a favourite patient age range

'For me, it's prepubescence ... they're old enough to answer my questions and young enough to chuckle at my dad jokes'

It's not a popular conversation starter in medical circles, but let’s talk about age ranges.

Coleman's corner

From neonates through to nonagenarians, common medical conditions in every age group are analysed and generalised, rated and ranked.

Barely a health statistic floats by without a range attached, and no presentation of a patient case ever kicks off without first stating their name, then their vintage.

A rule of thumb is that all Jacks and Mollys are aged either 15-20 or 80-90, and it’s important to distinguish between the two.

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