Pharmacological Interventions of the Aging Process

  • Robert N. Butler
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 97)


Empirically speaking, chicken soup may be one of the best drugs on the market. It’s relatively inexpensive; no prescription is required to obtain it; and it makes many people feel better. So I thought I would come up here today with an explanation of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of chicken soup.


Aging Process Ergot Alkaloid Panel Report Autonomic Nervous System Function Develop Animal Model 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York  1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert N. Butler
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute on AgingUSA

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