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February 3, 1969

The Youth Doctors

Author Affiliations

Washington University St. Louis

JAMA. 1969;207(5):956. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150180086038

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"The middling, garden variety of researcher or doctor has shunned... the field of rejuvenation," observes the author of this book. Having ploughed through its cliché-riddled, overheated prose for more than 300 pages, a middling, garden variety reviewer can understand why.

The author, a former Newsweek writer, spent two years investigaing the "great youth doctors and their celebrated patients." Enthusiastic about what he learned, he predicts that the "rejuvenation art... is slowly becoming a science that will revolutionize clinical medicine" and believes that soon "every American family will have its own rejuvenator or youth doctor, just as it has its own dentist and pediatrician."

By "rejuvenation," the author means "living better longer." Who are the "fools and heros" who promise and promote this worthy end? Their names are legion; some, like Paul Niehans, are legendary. They include cell therapists, skin peelers, electronic gadgeteers, hair transplanters, royal jelly vendors, food faddists.