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Author Metchnikoff, Ilya Ilyich
Title Prolongation of Life : Optimistic Studies
Imprint New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2004
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Descript 1 online resource (296 pages)
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Series Classics in Longevity & Aging
Classics in Longevity & Aging
Note Intro -- Contents -- Foreword -- Original Preface -- Original Editor's Introduction -- Introduction to the American Edition of 1910 -- Introduction to the Reprinted Edition, 1977 -- Part I: The Investigation of Old Age -- I. The Problems of Senility -- II. Theories of the Causation of Senility -- III. Mechanism of Senility -- Part II: Longevity in the Animal Kingdom -- I. Theories of Longevity -- II. Longevity in the Animal Kingdom -- III. The Digestive System and Senility -- IV. Microbes as the Cause of Senility -- V. Duration of Human Life -- Part III: Investigations on Natural Death -- I. Natural Death Amongst Plants -- II. Natural Death in the Animal World -- III. Natural Death Amongst Human Beings -- Part IV: Should We Try to Prolong Human Life? -- I. The Benefit to Humanity -- II. Suggestions for the Prolongation of Life -- III. Diseases That Shorten Life -- IV. Intestinal Putrefaction Shortens Life -- V. Lactic Acid as Inhibiting Intestinal Putrefaction -- Part V: Psychical Rudiments in Man -- I. Rudimentary Organs in Man -- II. Human Traits of Character Inherited From Apes -- III. Somnambulism and Hysteria as Mental Relics -- Part VI: Some Points in the History of Social Animals -- I. The Individual and the Race -- II. Insect Societies -- III. Society and the Individual in the Human Race -- Part VII: Pessimism and Optimism -- I. Prevalence of Pessimism -- II. Analysis of Pessimism -- III. Pessimism in Its Relation to Health and Age -- Part VIII: Goethe and Faust -- I. Goethe's Youth -- II. Goethe and Optimism -- III. Goethe's Old Age -- IV. Goethe and "Faust -- V. The Old Age of Faust -- Part IX: Science and Morality -- I. Utilitarian and Intuitive Morality -- II. Morality and Human Nature -- III. Individualism -- IV. Orthobiosis -- Endnotes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R
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"Three chief evils that hang over us are disease, old age, and death. To study and control senescence, Metchnikoff proposed the establishment of a new scientific discipline he named 'gerontology.' In this classic text on the prolongation of life, Metchnikoff suggests that science should be encouraged and helped in every possible way in its task of removing the diseases and habits that now prevent human life from running its normal course, and his belief is that, were the task accomplished, the great cause of pessimism would disappear. Metchnikoff was able to proclaim himself an optimist, and found, in biological science, for the present generation a hope, or at the least an end towards which to work, and for future generations a possible achievement of that hope.". - From the Introduction by Gerald Gruman, MD, PhD
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Metchnikoff, Ilya Ilyich Prolongation of Life : Optimistic Studies New York : Springer Publishing Company,c2004 9780826118769
Subject Aging.;Older people -- Social conditions
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Alt Author Mitchell, P
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