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COPING WITH METHUSELAH: THE IMPACT OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY ON MEDICINE AND SOCIETY


By AARON, HENRY J. (Author), SCHWARTZ  (Author)
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Price : ï¿½16.99  
ISBN : 9780815700395  
Dimension : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inch    Page : 264
Year of Publication : 2004    Edition : 1
Publisher : BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PRESS
Subject : SCIENCE




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Description :

Many medical authorities predict that average life expectancy could well exceed 100 years by mid 21st century and rise even higher soon thereafter. This prospect, brought on by the revolution in molecular biology and information technology, confronts policymakers and public health officials with a host of new questions: how will increased longevity affect demographic trends, government taxation and spending, the workplace and health care? What ethical and quality-of-life issues are raised by these new breakthroughs? This title explores these questions as practicing scientists and public policy experts come together to address the technical aspects and policy implications of increased longevity. The book is intended to begin a discussion in political, social and medical circles that will serve to prepare us for the extraordinary possibilities that may await us.



Henry J. Aaron is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Setting National Priorities: The 2000 Election and Beyond (Brookings, forthcoming 1999) and Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform (Brookings 1996).



Content :

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The Impact of the Revolution in Biomedical Research on Life Expectancy by 2050
  • Our Uncertain Demographic Future
  • The Changing Face of Health Care
  • Labor Market Effects of Dramatic Longevity Improvement
  • The Impact of Major Improvements in Life Expectancy on the Financing of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
  • Ethical Aspects of Major Increases in Life Span and Life Expectancy
  • Increases Life Expectancy: A Global Perspective
  • Contributors
  • Index
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