Aging — Still a Mystery
Part of the Reihe der Villa Vigoni book series (VILLA VIGONI, volume 1)
Aging is one of the most intriguing and least understood phenomenon in modern biology. Nonetheless, it is present everywhere around us — and it is in us. Man has always followed with amazed curiosity and emotional interest the changes accompanying birth, development, aging, and death. And human beings date back to the very day when they became aware of aging and death and started to bury the dead. But superstition and ignorance also have always obscured the occurrence of aging and Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, who wrote the medical bestseller of the 18th century (“On the Art of Prolonging Human Live”, 1796 , rightly stated:
“This problem has always been a favorite of the keenest minds, a playground for daydreamers, and the main enticement for charlatans and swindlers.”
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