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July 25, 2001

AgingThe Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce A. Carnes, 254 pp, $25.95, ISBN 0-393-04836-5, New York, NY, WW Norton & Co, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(4):467-468. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.467-JBK0725-4-1

I recently went to an interesting roundtable dinner on antiaging medicine. In attendance were individuals from the antiaging medicine community including some local practitioners here in Manhattan, as well as some prominent academic gerontologists, a lay person, and a newspaper writer.

The discussion was lively. Why is the field called "antiaging" medicine—what's wrong with aging? Why do middle-aged and older people subscribe to purchasing from physicians expensive, often injected, medicines, such as growth hormone, generally of little or no proven value, particularly with regard to longevity?

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