Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters

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I remember as a medical student in the early 1980s hearing the late, great epidemiologist Sir Richard Doll talk about the importance of aspirin in reducing fatal heart attacks (Daily aspirin unlikely to help healthy people to live longer, 17 September). Sir Richard was well aware of the risks of internal bleeding. The solution he suggested was dosage – only a tiny amount of aspirin is needed to protect the heart. When we pressed him for a definitive dose, he replied that he kept an aspirin in the bathroom and licked it every day.
Lore Feldberg
Bath

• The answer seems obvious to me (Discounted admission tickets for over-60s in UK ‘unfair to young’, 17 September). Keep the discounts on weekdays for the people who have the time and money to visit museums and galleries. On weekends swap the discount to families.
Annette Dent
Keighley, West Yorkshire

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