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

By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

Textual content examines attitudes towards sturdiness and loss of life in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. presents an figuring out of the origins of drugs, own hygiene and public overall healthiness, and the underlying mental and social matters surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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Another illustration of this theme is the claim by Lucretius that aging and death are necessary to prevent overpopulation, a forerunner of the Malthusian hypothesis (see later, chap. VIII). It is essential to reitérate that the examples of apologism cited in this chapter are not necessarily representative of the overall ideologies from which they are drawn. , 28 History of Ideas About Life Prolongation Greek mythology, Epicureanism, Aristotleianism, and Thomism), also currents favorable to ideas of prolongevity.

The elements in the body have opposite qualities which clash and destroy each other. God, however, as a gift of grace, had conferred on Adam's soul a supernatural power which enabled him to keep in check the deteriorative course of natural death. After original sin, the situation changed decisively. God penalized Adam by withdrawing the supernatural power from Adam's soul, and consequently the process of natural decay was able to cause oíd age and death. One should notice that death, according to Aquinas, resulted from the body's escape from the control of the mind, and that the reassertion of rule by the mind would produce perfect health and immortality.

The story of Adam and Eve illustrates several apologist lines of thought. The inferior social position of women, for example, is explained in terms of the sin committed by the first woman. It was Eve who allowed herself to be seduced by the serpent, and, therefore, Eve and all women after her have been placed in subjection to their husbands. "27 On the basis of his studies of primitive folklore, Frazer deduced that in its original form the Edén myth revolved entirely about the question of immortality; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he felt, was a later addition.

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