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By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

ISBN-10: 0826118747

ISBN-13: 9780826118745

ISBN-10: 0826118755

ISBN-13: 9780826118752

Textual content examines attitudes towards toughness and demise in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. offers an realizing of the origins of drugs, own hygiene and public well-being, and the underlying mental and social matters surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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The prototype of this theme is the legend of a fountain whose waters bring about rejuvenation, the restoration of youth. 38 The earliest account of Ponce de León's adventure was published in 1535 in the General History of the Indies by Oviedo, who had served as a Spanish official in the New World. He wrote that Ponce de León was . . 39 Gomara, whose History of the Indies was published in 1552-1553, depicted Ponce de León as . . 40 A somewhat different versión of the expedition was given in 1575 in the Memoir of Fontaneda, a Spaniard who was held captive for twentyseven years by Florida Indians.

His days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou has appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. . 71 24 History of Ideas About Life Prolongation There is a great deal of uncertainty in the Oíd Testament regarding salvation. 79 Without any clear belief in human progress, and lacking a compelling scheme of supernatural salvation, the ancient Hebrews sometimes gave way to severe pessimism. Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

The emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ruled from 161 to 180, was the last important Román Stoic. 43 If one cultivates the right attitude, he will recognize that death is a necessity to which he must resign himself. 44 He wrote that one must learn to be utterly unafraid of death; in fact, death ought to be considered good, because it is natural, and because it is necessary for the proper functioning of the universe. Marcus Aurelius emphasized the impotence of man and praised the virtues of patience and humility.

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