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May 4, 1984

Aging: An Exploration

Author Affiliations

Stanford (Calif) University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1984;251(17):2274. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340410076042

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Recently I addressed the local Rotary Club about aging. This book has the same easy, upbeat, but no-nonsense tone as did that speech. Barash has a well-deserved reputation as someone who writes well, regardless of the subject (Sociobiology and Behavior, 1977; The Whisperings Within, 1979; and Stop Nuclear War, 1982). This is not a tightly reasoned discourse on technical topics such as methodology, epidemiology, diagnosis, or treatment. However, Barash has the ability to comprehend and discuss technical data with the sophistication that one would expect from a professor of psychology and zoology.

The content of this book is as interdisciplinary as it could be, ranging from mythology to literature to a history of rejuvenationism to anthropology to sociology, but the central theme of the book is on medically oriented topics such as the aging mind, body, and sex life.

For patients who respond to bibliotherapy, this would be an