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By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

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

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69 Secondly, there are the prolongevity substances with empirical qualities. It is alleged that they simply have been found to work, and no further explanation is required. For example, by the "cut-and-try" method of ordinary human experience, a great many plant materials have been found to have beneficial medical properties. Starting from that basis, one might imagine an herb with the power of prolonging life, perhaps indefinitely, as the grassy herb of the Glaukus legend.

And probably considerably older. According to the story, Cyavana, the aged and venerable priest of a Hindú king, comes into conflict with the king's haughty sons. To pacify the offended sage, the king gives his own daughter Sukanya to be the wife of Cyavana. At this point there appear the two Asvins, demi-gods who go about the earth practicing medicine. They are much taken with the attractive young Sukanya, and, casting scorn on her decrepit husband, they try to seduce her; but the Prolongevity Legends 37 dutiful girl chooses to remain faithful to her senile husband.

30 A number of stories, the best known of which is the "Voyage of Bran," recount the adventures of mortals seeking an island or series of islands in the West where the golden age still exists. Those who dwell there are supernatural beings, but a few favored mortals are allowed to enter. The chief attraction of the "Land of Youth" is the immunity from aging and death, obtained by eating certain enchanted foods or by using a magic cauldron. The country is rich in other delights: the handsome appearance of the inhabitants, the splendid landscape resonant with music, the lovemaking, and the plentiful supply of luxuries.

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