The Living End: The New Sciences Of Death, Ageing And Immortality

Hardcover | January 1, 2007

byG. Brown

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The decline of infections, starvation, heart attack, and stroke has allowed people to reach extreme old age--and ushered in disability, dementia, and degenerative disease, with profound consequences for the self and society. In chapters echoing Dante's nine circles of hell, Dr. Guy Brown explores these vital issues at various levels, from the cell, to the whole body, to society and how all this new medical technology affects the meaning of death. He tracks the seismic shifts in the causes and character of death that are rocking medicine and reveals how technological innovations, such as cloning and electronic interfaces, hint at new modes of "survival" after death.

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The decline of infections, starvation, heart attack, and stroke has allowed people to reach extreme old age--and ushered in disability, dementia, and degenerative disease, with profound consequences for the self and society. In chapters echoing Dante's nine circles of hell, Dr. Guy Brown explores these vital issues at various levels, f...

GUY BROWN is head of a research group at the University of Cambridge, UK working on cell death in the brain, the heart and in cancer, as well as the author of the award winning book, The Energy of Life.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.04 inPublished:January 1, 2007Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517579

ISBN - 13:9780230517578

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Praise for The Energy of Life:  "Guy Brown provides a wonderfully lucid and stimulating survey of all aspects of modern biology."--John Horgan, author of The Undiscovered Mind"A subject so basic, so pervasive, and yet no one has written a book about it before. Guy Brown has done an excellent job."--Susan Greenfield, Oxford University, author of The Human Brain: A Guided Tour Praise for The Living End - the Future of Death, Aging, and Immortality "This book...is thought provoking, will expand our professional development and may enhance the way we lead our lives." --Sam Chenery-Morris, Nursing Standard