A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life by Gerald Gruman MD PhD

By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

Textual content examines attitudes towards toughness and dying in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. presents an realizing of the origins of medication, own hygiene and public overall healthiness, and the underlying mental and social concerns surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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If persons in other times or other places were reported to live a great deal longer than one's contemporaries, then one might hope to discover the vital secret and, thereby, be enabled to prolong life. When, in the course of history, the spurious nature of these traditions were recognized, they simply went underground and maintained their existence in the folklore of the uneducated, the fables of children, and the imaginative creations of artists and writers. From these sources, the ancient beliefs continué their influence, and it is a rare discussion on the subject of lengthening life which does not include at least a covert reference to Methuselah or the fountain of youth.

44 At the same time, these Biblical words inspired a legend that there existed a real fountain flowing, out of the Terrestrial Paradise to come within the reach of mortal men. Examples of that idea will be seen in the medieval Alexander romances. 50 Indicative of this ambiguity is the story, told at the Byzantine fountain shrine of Balukli, relating the revival of a dead fish, a theme which recurs in secular stories about the fountain of youth. In ancient Greek and Román writings there are two interesting references to fountains with prolongevity properties.

The story of Gilgamesh), the shrewdest of all wild creatures, appeared on the scene and, although Eve had heard of the dangers involved, the serpent succeeded in persuading her to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. She also shared some of the fruit with Adam, and thus, for the first time, there carne into their minds the recognition of the differences between good and evil. One of the first "evils" of which they became aware was sex, and they fashioned aprons of fig leaves to cover their sex organs.

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