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October 1964

The Biology of Death.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):561. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100143022

If a dispassionate stranger from a distant star were to look over the performance of modern man, his foibles, his attributes, the things to which he has erected deities, and the gods he has destroyed or created in his own not always happy image, the striking thing would be the curious conspiracy which suppresses admitting the phenomenon of biologic death. Pearl's book consists of the lectures given before the Lowell Institute in Boston late in 1920. The book was published in 1922. Pearl ranges over the philosophic potentially immortal. They divide and make problem of the death of cells which are potentially immortal. They divide and make two when they have reached a certain stage. Then the two rapidly grow to reach the size of the parent cell. Quite clearly, if the whole world were not to be taken over by single-celled creatures some limiting factor has to operate. Physical

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