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Books, Journals, New Media
November 3, 2004


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2155

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.