November 25, 1983

Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach

Author Affiliations

Harvard School of Public Health Boston


by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, 858 pp, with illus, $22.50, New York, Warner Books, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;250(20):2862-2863. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340200094043

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It is important for physicians to be aware of the contents of Life Extension in order to properly counsel their patients who have bought this best sellers' list book. Unusual symptoms, requests for extensive laboratory testing, and appeals for unrequired prescription drugs should alert physicians that their patients may be under the dangerous illusion that long life and good health can be achieved simply by swallowing the unsound advice of "Durk and Sandy."

The jacket photograph of the two authors of this 858-page tome is designed so that prospective buyers will believe that the young, long-haired, unconventional-looking duo have combined laboratory and ultramodern technology skills (Durk is holding a beaker in an arm swathed in Indian jewelry, Sandy is holding a computer printout, and the screen on their home computer module is aglow with figures) to come up with the way to "enjoy the pleasure and stamina, the vitality and