Myths and Chances
Astrid StuckelbergerThe XXIst century technological development is revolutionizing medicine and health care bringing
new hopes to human suffering by offering cures and treatments which were unthinkable a few
decades ago. This is where anti-ageing medicine fi nds its niche.
Anti-ageing medicine aims at slowing, arresting, and reversing phenomena associated with ageing
by merging biotechnological innovation and engineered solutions. Ideally, through the newest
medical technology, the ‘body machinery’ should be kept fi t and at peak performance all life long.
Early detection of age-related dysfunction should thus be ‘fi xed’ at any age through interventions
such as metabolic fi ne tuning, enhancement, regeneration, restoration or replacement of ‘body
parts’ (i.e. organs, skin, bone or muscle). It covers a vast array of domains: from cell therapy to
pharmaceutical interventions, from bio-surgery to aesthetic surgery, from human enhancement to
fortifi ed food, from smart housing and robots to toxic-free environments.
Anti-ageing medicine holds promises but also signifi cant risks and safety issues which this book
addresses. It presents the latest scientifi c evidence on what works or does not work. It also provides
public policy recommendations to ensure the protection and rights of consumers while encouraging
research and development.
This book is intended for academics, health professionals, business persons, consumers and policy-
makers interested in fi nding out the latest evidence and ethical issues about anti-ageing medicine.
It helps to get a better view on the possible choices for optimizing a healthy life and better ageing
through safe technology.
Anti-Ageing Medicine: Myths and ChancesISBN 978-3-7281-3195-9
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