By Susannah R. Ottaway

ISBN-10: 0511184980

ISBN-13: 9780511184987

ISBN-10: 0521815800

ISBN-13: 9780521815802

A massive research of the heritage of getting older.

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Of course, there was also a literal belief that many of the Old Testament characters in the Bible had lived hundreds of years. On medical nostrums to restore youth see Roy Porter, Disease, Medicine and Society in England, 1550–1860 (London: Macmillan, 1987), pp. 44–46. Thomas Withers, Observations on Chronic Weakness (York: A. Ward, 1777). Cheyne, An Essay of Health, pp. 4–5. Thomas Apperley closely followed many of Cheyne’s arguments in Observations on Physick, Both Rational and Practical (London: W.

Ward, 1777). Cheyne, An Essay of Health, pp. 4–5. Thomas Apperley closely followed many of Cheyne’s arguments in Observations on Physick, Both Rational and Practical (London: W. Innys and J. Leake, 1731). J. Barker-Benfield’s interesting discussion of Cheyne in The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992). An Essay on the Most Rational Means of Preserving Health, pp. 3–11. William Brodum, A Guide to Old Age, or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth, 46th edn.

Later Who was “old” in eighteenth-century England? 41 Another physician described old age in similar terms: In this State and Condition . . with all its Infirmities and Distresses, whether natural, or owing to the Violence of Diseases, the Senses Decay, viz. ” Eighteenth-century readers could learn from an “anatomical enumeration of the sad symptoms of extreme old age” that “Age . . ”43 Throughout the eighteenth century, medical doctors and writers on old age dwelled upon the fundamental changes in men’s and women’s bodies that came about through the process of aging.

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