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old man’s friend

old man’s friend
 n.— «Pneumonia was even called the old man’s friend. Infectious diseases with their usually gentle dying process provided the major cause of death until antibiotics were discovered.» —“Society should accept that euthanasia is a ‘personal decision,’ report says” by Roger Dobson British Medical Journal (U.K.) Feb. 22, 2003. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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