A History of Ideas about the Prolongation of Life

A History of Ideas about the Prolongation of Life

By: Gerald Gruman (author)Paperback

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Dr. Gruman's 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 humanity's longing for its attainment.


Apologism; prolongevity legends; Taoist prolongevitism in theory; Taoist prolongevitism in practice; the alchemists; the hygienists; the philosophies.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826118752
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780826118752
  • ISBN10: 0826118755

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