The Biology of Aging

  • John A. Behnke
  • Caleb E. Finch
  • Gairdner B. Moment

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Gairdner B. Moment
      Pages 1-17
  3. Aging in Cells and their Molecules

    1. Vincent J. Cristofalo, Betzabé M. Stanulis
      Pages 19-31
    2. Douglas E. Brash, Ronald W. Hart
      Pages 57-81
  4. Aging in Plants and Lower Animals

    1. A. Carl Leopold
      Pages 101-114
    2. William F. Van Heukelem
      Pages 115-130
  5. Aging in Humans and Other Mammals

    1. Roy J. Shephard
      Pages 131-149
    2. Vernon R. Young
      Pages 151-172
    3. Morris H. Ross
      Pages 173-189
    4. Robert D. Terry
      Pages 205-220
    5. William H. Adler, Kenneth H. Jones, Mary Anne Brock
      Pages 221-234
    6. Elizabeth S. Russell
      Pages 235-245
  6. Hormones and Aging

    1. Paul J. Davis
      Pages 263-276
    2. Edwin D. Bransome Jr.
      Pages 277-289
    3. Caleb E. Finch
      Pages 301-309
  7. Aging in Perspective

    1. Richard G. Cutler
      Pages 311-360
    2. Tracy M. Sonneborn
      Pages 361-374
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-388

About this book


Egocentricity is characteristically human. It is natural for our prime in­ terest to be ourselves and for one of our major concerns to be what affects us personally. Aging and death - universal and inevitable­ have always been of compelling concern. Mystical explanations were invented when scientific answers were lacking. and gross physiologi­ As scientific knowledge developed, anatomy cal processes were explained, and the roles of the endocrine glands were revealed. Since the sex hormones obviously lose some of their potency with age, it was logical to assume that they played the major role in declining general well-being. The puzzle of aging would now be solved. The Ponce de Leon quest would soon be fulfilled. Pseudoscientists and quacks rushed in where most scientists feared to tread. By the time the glowing promises of perpetual youth through gland transplants and injections had proved illusory, serious study of the aging process had been set back for years. The field had lost "respect­ ability," and most capable scientists shunned it. Those who did con­ tinue to seek answers to its tough questions deserve special recognition.


anatomy animals biology cell endocrine gland endocrinology genes hormone molecular biology nutrition sex

Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Behnke
  • Caleb E. Finch
    • 1
  • Gairdner B. Moment
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentGoucher CollegeBaltimoreUSA

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