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Ethics, Health Policy and (Anti-) Aging: Mixed Blessings

Volume 1 of the series Ethics and Health Policy pp 41-58

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Do We Need an Anthropology of the Aging Person and What should it Look Like?

  • Wim DekkersAffiliated withNijmegen Medical Centre, IQ healthcare, Radboud University Email author 

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Abstract

The classical Greek philosophers called human beings ‘mortals’ as opposed to ‘immortals’ who were gods and angels. All individual life—including human life—has limited duration and passes from growth through maturity into a phase, especially in higher forms of life, in which biological functions gradually deteriorate. This is the process that we call aging. Aging is generally considered to be a biological process that is beyond our control. Aging just happens.