By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

Textual content examines attitudes towards toughness and dying in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. offers an figuring out of the origins of drugs, own hygiene and public health and wellbeing, and the underlying mental and social concerns surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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The story (and we shall present it "straight," as though it were unfamiliar) may be reviewed briefly as follows:25 After God had created Adam out of dust and water and divine breath, he placed him in the garden of Edén where there were two special trees—the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned Adam, under penalty of death, that he must not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, he was free to eat the fruit of all other trees, including the tree of life, the fruit of which conferred eternal life.

Marcus Aurelius emphasized the impotence of man and praised the virtues of patience and humility. He argued that we should think often about death and, thereby, learn to despise the body. Thou art even now in the throes of death; despise therefore the flesh. 45 Again and again he returned to the theme that length of life is a matter of no importance. Though thou shouldst be going to live three thousand years and as many times ten thousand years, still remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives.

In Génesis (5, 9:29) there are recorded the life spans of ten patriarchs who lived before the flood. 4 Legends of the antediluvian type frequently occur in the world's folklore. 5 Greek and Román historical traditions refer to a number of persons of the past who attained prodigious longevity. 8 Primitivist folklore usually includes a reference to long life spans. 9 Appearing in the holy Scriptures, the longevity records of the antediluvians posed a problem of interpretation for Jewish and Christian theologians.

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