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Palgrave Macmillan

The Living End

The New Sciences of Death, Ageing and Immortality

ISBN 9780230517578
Publication Date December 2007
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (MobiPocket) Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series MacSci

Death is not what it once was. The decline of acute death by infections, starvation, violence and heart attack has allowed people to reach extreme old age but ushered in disability, dementia and degenerative disease, with profound consequences for the self and society. The future of death is even more extreme, and constitutes one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.  In chapters echoing Dante's nine circles of hell, Dr Guy Brown explores these vital issues at various levels, from the cell, to the whole body, to society. He reveals that cell death is central to cutting edge biology and medicine from embryo formation to cancer cures. He tracks the seismic shifts in the causes and character of death that are rocking medicine.  And reveals how technological innovations, such as cloning and electronic interfaces, hint at new modes of survival after death.

Dr Guy Brown heads a research group at the University of Cambridge, UK working on cell death in the brain, the heart and in cancer. His previous book The Energy of Life (Harper-Collins/Simon& Schuster) won the Wellcome Trust Prize for popular science.

The changing face of death
How we die
Death in the brain
Death is falling apart
Death of self and soul
Death occurs throughout life
The End


'I recommend this book. It is thought provoking, will expand our professional development and may enhance the way we lead our lives.' - Sam Chenery-Morris, Nursing Standard
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