A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life

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Springer Publishing Company, Feb 26, 2003 - Medical - 232 pages
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Dr. Grumanís 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 humanityís longing for its attainment.

 

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Contents

I Introduction
1
II Apologism
9
III Prolongevity Legends
29
IV Taoist Prolongevitism in Theory
43
V Taoist Prolongevitism in Practice
60
VI The Alchemists
82
VII The Hygienists
116
VIII The Philosophes
129
IX Epilogue
157
Endnotes
161
Bibliography
199
Index
213
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