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The prolongation of life; optimistic studies.

Author: Elie Metchnikoff; Edward B Schlesinger
Publisher: New York, Putnam, 1908.
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Metchnikoff, Elie, 1845-1916.
Prolongation of life.
New York, Putnam, 1908
(OCoLC)647497869
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elie Metchnikoff; Edward B Schlesinger
OCLC Number: 14810168
Notes: Translation of Essais optimistes.
Description: xx, 343 pages illustrations
Contents: pt. I. The investigation of old age. The problems of senility --
Theories of the causation of senility --
Mechanism of senility --
pt. II. Longevity in the animal kingdom. Theories of longevity --
Longevity in the animal kingdom --
The digestive system and senility --
Microbes as the cause of senility. Duration of human life --
pt. III. Investigations on natural death. Natural death amongst plants --
Natural death in the animal world --
Natural death amongst human beings --
pt. IV. Should we try to prolong human life? The benefit to humanity --
Suggestions for the prolongation of life --
Diseases that shorten life --
Intestinal putrefaction shortens life --
Lactic acid as inhibiting intestinal putrefaction --
pt. V. Psychical rudiments in man. Rudimentary organs in man --
Human traits of character inherited from apes --
Somnambulism and hysteria as mental relics. pt. VI. Some points in the history of social animals. The individual and the race --
Insect societies --
Society and the individual in the human race --
pt. VII. Pessimism and optimism. Prevalence of pessimism --
Analysis of pessimism --
Pessimism in its relation to health and age --
pt. VIII. Goethe and Faust. Goethe's youth --
Goethe and optimism --
Goethe's old age --
Goethe and "Faust" --
The old age of Faust --
pt. IX. Science and morality. Utilitarian and intuitive morality --
Morality and human nature --
Individualism --
Orthobiosis.
Responsibility: The English translation ed. by P. Chalmers Mitchell.

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