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Author: David Boyd Haycock
ISBN: 0300117787
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Pages 320 pages
Publisher Yale University Press (July 3, 2008)
Language English
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by David Boyd Haycock


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Mortal Coil: A Short Hist. has been added to your Cart. Author Haycock, a Greenwich-based historian of culture and medicine, surveys Western civilization's hopes and schemes for longevity over the past four centuries, beginning with the last days of Sir Francis Bacon (who caught a fatal chill while stuffing a dead chicken with snow, so that its viability "might be long preserved") and ending with Dr. Aubrey De Grey, whose current, controversial.

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The good news is that more of us are reaching our hundredth birthdays than ever before. The bad news is that "we still do not fully understand the processes of senescence and death"

David Boyd Haycock (born 1968 in Banbury, Oxfordshire) is a British writer, curator and lecturer.

by David Boyd Haycock. An obsession with perpetual youth may seem a particularly modern phenomenon, but it is a goal that western scientists and philosophers have aspired to (and worked towards) for the last four hundred years. Mortal Coil explores the medical, scientific, and philosophical theories behind the quest for the prolongation of human life.

Published by Yale University Press

Published by Yale University Press. The writer of the Book of Kings is at pains to tell us that David did not, so to speak, ‘have sexual relations with that woman’: she ‘cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her no. Abishag’s job was to keep the old man warm and moist, which the mere nearness of her youthful breath might do. She lay in his bosom to extend not his member but his life. Into modern times, doctors prescribed ‘Shunamitism’ for just that purpose.

A highly engaging history of humankind's preoccupation with longevity, from 1600 to the present day. Mortal Coil explores the medical, scientific, and philosophical theories behind the quest for the prolongation of human life

Mortal Coil : A Short History of Living Longer.

Mortal Coil : A Short History of Living Longer. By (author) David Boyd Haycock.

An obsession with perpetual youth may seem a particularly modern phenomenon, but it is a goal that western scientists and philosophers have aspired to (and worked towards) for the last four hundred years.

Mortal Coil explores the medical, scientific, and philosophical theories behind the quest for the prolongation of human life. It was a conundrum that intrigued Sir Francis Bacon and underpinned the scientific revolution; ideas of ultimate perfectibility, indefinite progress, and worldly rather than heavenly immortality fed directly into the spirit of the Enlightenment and even further into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In today's world of genetic research, cryonics, and nanotechnology, we still seek the same elusive philosopher's stone.

From Adam and Eve to human cloning and designer babies, from seventeenth-century lifestyle guides to science fiction, Haycock's gripping story introduces an array of fascinating individuals—René Descartes, Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Swift, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud as well as a score of unknown figures. Full of extraordinary stories and valuable insights, this is a curious, witty, and captivating exploration into our unceasing desire to live forever.