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Book and Media Reviews
July 25, 2007

Aging: The Paradox of Life

JAMA. 2007;298(4):462-466. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.462

Juan Ponce de Léon searched for the fabled Fountain of Youth—but did not find it. Dorian Gray possessed a picture of himself that guaranteed his youth and good looks—yet stabbed the painting. Methuselah, according to the Bible, lived to 969 years—but was the math correct? The quest for long life is well chronicled in history and literature and shows no signs of slowing down even today. Books and products claiming to slow or even reverse the aging process abound and sell quite well. Aging: The Paradox of Life is a slim book that serves as a reality check for the hyperbole and misinformation surrounding attempts at slowing or preventing senescence. The author is adamant that aging is neither a disease nor an unsolved scientific problem.