The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Feb 27, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 302 pages
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In his landmark book How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now in The Art of Aging, Dr. Nuland steps back to explore the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey.

The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards.

“I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished–these are among the secrets of those who age well.

Will scientists one day fulfill the dream of eternal youth? Nuland examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it. But ultimately, what compels him most is what happens to the mind and spirit as life reaches its culminating decades. Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion.


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Review: The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being

User Review  - Roblee - Goodreads

Several very insightful and thought provoking chapters. Love your friends, your life and yourself. Always have something to look forward to. Read full review

Review: The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being

User Review  - Paul Eschmann - Goodreads

Firstly Nuland writes beautifully. This book reinforces ideas I had about my life stage and ways to enhance it. I also recommend it for all ages from young adult to help set priorities for a ... Read full review

Contents

An Incident in the Subway
Body and Mind
Michael DeBakey
Making Choices
Three Who Overcame
A Friendship in Letters
Adding Centuries to Our Years
Drinking from the Fountain of Youth
Wisdom Equanimity CaringPrinciples for Every
A Coda for Aging
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Also by Sherwin B Nuland
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About the author (2007)

A clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of numerous books including How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father; Maimonides; and Leonardo da Vinci. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.


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