Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
Not long ago The New York Times published side-by-side
photos of James Watson and Dick Clark. Born just over one year apart, the
passage of time had changed the men in very different ways. Watson had thinning
white hair, crow’s feet around his eyes, liver spots, and a wrinkled
face. Dick Clark had a full head of dark hair, an unlined visage, and bright
white teeth. He didn’t look old—but then he didn’t quite
look young. He looked, well, a bit plastic, like a man-sized Ken doll brought
to life by some media executive Gepetto. If several of the contributors to The Fountain of Youth are right, we might soon be seeing
a lot more Dick Clarks in our midst.
Turner L. Antiaging. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2155