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Elderhood : redefining medicine, life, and aging in America
Title:
Elderhood : redefining medicine, life, and aging in America
ISBN:
9781620405468
Physical Description:
464 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
"[P]hysician and [...] author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is a [...] look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. [...] Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy -- a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."" -- Provided by publisher.
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Format:
Book
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.