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The Clock of Ages : Why We Age, How We Age, Winding Back the Clock - John J. Medina

The Clock of Ages

Why We Age, How We Age, Winding Back the Clock

Paperback Published: 24th November 1997
ISBN: 9780521594561
Number Of Pages: 348

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Anyone who has watched the wrinkles of time develop on their face, or has been disturbed by a loss of memory, has uncomfortably confronted the human aging process. The inexorable march of time on our bodies begs an important question: why do we have to grow old? Written in everyday language, The Clock of Ages takes us on a tour of the aging human body - all from a research scientist's point of view. From the deliberate creation of organisms that live three times their natural span to the isolation of human genes that may allow us to do the same, The Clock of Ages also examines the latest discoveries in geriatric genetics. Sprinkled throughout the pages are descriptions of the aging of many historical figures, such as Florence Nightingale, Jane Austen, Bonaparte and Casanova. These stories underscore the common bond that unites us all: they aged, even as we do. The Clock of Ages tells us why.

'This is simply a fantastic book ... the best biology book written for the lay public for many years.' Eric D. Albright, Library Journal '... a tour around the ageing human body, conducted with elegance and verve.' Susan Aldridge, Focus 'A tour of human ageing that aims to educate and entertain.' Nature 'An entertaining and edifying book with a cast of characters ...'. Roy Herbert, New Scientist '... an enjoyable as well as very informative book'. T. Franklin Williams, Journal of Urban Health '... this fascinating book takes us on a comprehensive tour of our ageing bodies, inside and out ... Clearly illustrated and very readable, the book approaches what is often a taboo subject with both humor and humanity.' The Good Book Guide

Preface
Introduction
Who Ages
Introduction
A slippery overarching definition
Humanizing ageing and death
Why age at all
How Do We Age
Introduction
How the skin and hair age
The ageing of bones, muscles and joints
The ageing of the brain
How the heart ages
The ageing of the lungs
What happens to the digestion
How the senses age
The ageing of the reproductive system
Why Do We Age
Introduction
A tale of two theories
Error accumulation
Programmed death
Winding back the clock
Conclusions
Further reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780521594561
ISBN-10: 0521594561
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 24th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51