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The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being

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In his landmark book How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now in The Art of Aging, Dr. Nuland steps back to explore the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey.

The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards.

“I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished–these are among the secrets of those who age well.

Will scientists one day fulfill the dream of eternal youth? Nuland examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it. But ultimately, what compels him most is what happens to the mind and spirit as life reaches its culminating decades. Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion.

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The author of the landmark study, How We Die, addresses the challenges and rewards of growing older as he examines the changes that occur as we age, drawing on his own personal experience and research to offer a candid, insightful prescription for ensuring one's well-being in the later years. 150,000 first printing.

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A clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of numerous books including How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father

About the Author

A clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of numerous books including How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father; Maimonides; and Leonardo da Vinci. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

An incident in the subway — How we age : body and mind — Approaching a century : Michael DeBakey — Making choices — Three who overcame — A friendship in letters — Adding centuries to our years — Drinking from the fountain of youth — Wisdom, equanimity, caring : principles for every age — A coda for aging.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366221
Subtitle:
A Doctor's Prescription for Well-being
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Nuland, Sherwin B.
Author:
<i>Maimonides</i
Author:
Sherwin Nuland
Author:
Sherwin B. Nuland
Author:
<i>Lost in America: A Journey with My Father</i
Subject:
Health & Fitness-Healthy Living
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Healthy Living
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Healthy Living
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Aging
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
302

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Aging
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Aging

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"Synopsis" by , The author of the landmark study, How We Die, addresses the challenges and rewards of growing older as he examines the changes that occur as we age, drawing on his own personal experience and research to offer a candid, insightful prescription for ensuring one's well-being in the later years. 150,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of numerous books including How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father
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