Article ID: CBB001201443

Old Cells, Aging Bodies, and New Money: Scientific Solutions to the Problem of Old Age in the United States, 1945--1955 (2013)

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Mann, Tamara (Author)


Journal of World History
Volume: 24
Pages: 797--822


Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of the forum on “The State and the Epidemiological Transition”.
Language: English

The aging population in Western industrial and postindustrial nations is among the chief demographic trends of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By 2050, the United Nations predicts one of every five individuals across the globe will be over sixty-five. In the 1930s and 1940s, scientists in the United States, aware of and concerned about this demographic upheaval, offered their own solutions to the problem of old age. This article examines how these scientists sought first to offer a holistic, rather than chronological, definition of old age, and then to transform the elderly from a problem to a social asset. Their initial interdisciplinary approach would quickly give way to a postwar climate bent on treating old age as a physical pathology with a medical solution.

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Article Breyfogle, Nicholas B.; Brooke, John L.; Otter, Christopher J. (2013) The State and the Epidemiological Transition: An Introduction. Journal of World History (p. 737). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Mazza, Kate
Zoller, Coleen
Bantjes, Rod
Kandel, Eric R
Freund, Daniel
Vaillant, George E.
Journals
Journal of the History of Ideas
Journal of American Culture
Medical History
History and Technology
Journal of Literature and Science
American Historical Review
Publishers
Random House
University of Chicago Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Cambridge University Press
Pennsylvania State University
New York, City University of
Concepts
Medicine and science, relationships
Health care
Science and culture
Health
Psychology
Medicine and culture
People
Plato
Freud, Sigmund
Schnitzel, Arthur
Einstein, Albert
Brinkley, John Richard
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, late
Places
United States
Greece
Vienna (Austria)
Ireland
Germany
France
Institutions
Harvard University
American Medical Association
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