7 reasons why doctors should scrap the word 'elderly'

The word is like 'imbecile' or 'idiot' and is anachronistic and offensive, says professor

The word 'elderly' should not be used in medicine, argues Professor Javad Hekmat-panah, a neurologist and neurosurgeon based at the University of Chicago in the US.

Writing a blog for the BMJ, he gives seven reasons why the word should be thrown out.