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By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

ISBN-10: 0826118747

ISBN-13: 9780826118745

ISBN-10: 0826118755

ISBN-13: 9780826118752

Textual content examines attitudes towards durability and dying in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. presents an realizing of the origins of medication, own hygiene and public future health, and the underlying mental and social matters surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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Show me then, says someone, the sun in an animal's body. What is that you ask? Would you have the sun generated from a septic and filthy substance like blood? You are mad, poor wretch! 66 The apologist implications in Galen's thought inescapably follow from these two assumptions—that nature does everything for the best and that oíd age is not contrary to nature. 67 Not only was he one of the great Arabic philosophers, but he also was, with Al-Razi, one of the two most influential Arabic physicians.

Hebrew folklore also includes a remnant of the golden age, the Carden of 34 History of Ideas About Life Prolongation Edén, where man dwelt on intímate terms with God and enjoyed a deathless life in a land of beauty and abundance. After the Fall, the tree of life is guarded by an ángel with flaming sword, but the earthly paradise, located in the East near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, continúes to play a role in legends, especially, as will be seen, in those dealing with the fountain of youth.

Job then confesses his utter insignificance and repents in dust and ashes. And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his son, and his sons' sons, four generations. 81 The story of Job illustrates the Oíd Testament position regarding long life, not as something to be attained by man's power over nature, but as a divine reward for man's humble submission to supernatural authority. The New Testament In comparison with the Oíd Testament, the New Testament is much more certain of supernatural salvation, much more otherworldly, and much less concerned about the length of man's life on earth.

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