A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life by Gerald Gruman MD PhD

By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

Textual content examines attitudes towards sturdiness and loss of life in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. offers an knowing of the origins of medication, own hygiene and public wellbeing and fitness, and the underlying mental and social matters surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord . . 87 The Christian victory over death, however, is not immediate and direct. It still is necessary for man to die, so that on the day of resurrection he may be transformed into a higher type of being. 88 Thus, death not only may be viewed as necessary but also may be considered desirable. Paul, for example, meditated: For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.

46 Thus, the Stoics developed an apologist line of reasoning which excluded not only the possibility of the prolongation of life but its desirability as well. 47 As a biologist, Aristotle investigated an almost encyclopedic range of problems, and one of those problems was the nature of oíd age. 49 Such an explanation of oíd age was not a novel one. 50 Thus, blood was hot and moist, yellow bile was hot and dry, black bile was cold and dry, and phlegm was cold and moist. 51 Ancient and medieval attempts to explain oíd age were dominated by these traditional concepts of the four humors, the four qualities, and the four ages.

Every person has his own term of life . . the art of maintaining health consists in guiding the body to its natural span of life. . 73 . . the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. . 75 Such matters, however, remain completely in divine hands. It is God who decreed that man must die as a punishment for original sin. 76 And it is God who establishes a suitable length for the life of man. his days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou has appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.

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