End of Age

End of Age

by Tom Kirkwood
     
 

Dramatic increases in life-expectancy are shaking the structure of societies around the world and changing our ideas of life and death. But despite the successes that allow countless lives to be lived to the full, which might have been cut short by early death, the future is uncertain. Predictions range from doom-laden images of economic and social disaster to…  See more details below

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Dramatic increases in life-expectancy are shaking the structure of societies around the world and changing our ideas of life and death. But despite the successes that allow countless lives to be lived to the full, which might have been cut short by early death, the future is uncertain. Predictions range from doom-laden images of economic and social disaster to fantasies of technological fixes for the problems of ageing. To understand what is happening we have to harness science.

Why and how do we age? Where will the lifespan increase end? Why does ageing make us frail and increasingly vulnerable to disease? Can we slow or even stop the clock?

Author Biography: Professor Tom Kirkwood is one of the most distinguished scientists living in Britain. He regularly appears on television and radio. He was a member of the Human Genome Project, is a biomedical adviser to the UN and the author of over 200 scientific articles. His book was Time of Our Lives: the science of human ageing (Weidenfeld and Phoenix).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861972774
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
129
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x (d)

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