Alexander Vaiserman (ed.): Early life origins of ageing and longevity

Springer, Dordrecht, 2019, 310 pp, hard back, ISBN 978-3-030-24957-1
  • Éric Le BourgEmail author
Book Review

The book series Healthy Ageing and Longevity has published a new volume (# 9) dealing with the early-life origins of ageing and longevity. However, this book is not only concerned with ageing but more generally with adult health. This is an important topic and there are now many studies showing that improving health, particularly at old age, requires looking into what happened since the conception and even to what happened to the parents. As a fictitious example, one of the characters of the 1890 novel La Bête humaine, written by the French writer Émile Zola, was a man suffering from unavoidable outbreaks of violence because of alcoholism of his mother. The Dutch famine of the winter 1944–1945 is a clear example when hunger of the mother had serious consequences at old age for the foetus developing at that time. Thus, publishing this collective book was a good idea but it is really unfortunate that it contains many typos or grammatical errors, as for instance in the first chapter. It...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (CRCA), Centre de Biologie Intégrative (CBI Toulouse), Université de Toulouse, CNRS, UPSToulouseFrance

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