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A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life

A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life

SKU# 9780826118752

Author: Gerald Gruman MD, PhD


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Dr. Gruman's book examines the quest for longevity and immortality up to the year 1800. He presents multicultural perspectives and attitudes as depicted in Islamic and Chinese societies as well as in Western Civilization. This scholarly work contributes to our understanding of the origins of medicine, personal hygiene and public health as well as the underlying psychological and social determinants of longevity and humanity's longing for its attainment.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 26, 2003
  • Page Count 232
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118752
  • EISBN 9780826118745

Table of Contents 

Prolongevity legends
Taoist prolongevitism in theory
Taoist prolongevitism in practice
The Alchemists
The Hygienists
The Philosophes