From the back cover:
Today, as a result of social progress and developments in medicine, the average human lifespan exceeds seventy years. Is this the limit? Why do we age? What mechanism lies at the base of this phenomenon, and are there means to retard it? What is the physiological norm for each age group?
The author, who is a professor and Doctor of Medicine, answers all these questions from the position of modern science.
The book is intended for doctors, biologists, and anyone who is interested in contemporary biomedicine.
The book was translated from the Russian by M. Rosenberg, translation edited by T. Juswigg and was first published by Mir in 1989.
Update Jan 2020
Table of Contents is as under
Chapter 1. Hierarchy of Control in the Organism: the Role of the Hypothalamus 31
Chapter 2. Stress and Diseases 50
Chapter 3. The Law of Deviation of Homeostasis 69
Chapter 4. Hyperadaptosis: a Normal Disease of the Adaptational Homeostat 96
Chapter 5. The Climacteric: Normal Disease of the Reproductive System 106
Chapter 6. Age-Related Changes in Appetite Regulation 126
Chapter 7. Obesity: a Normal Disease of the Energy Homeostat 139
Chapter 8. Obesity: The Disease of Diseases 151
Chapter 9. Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Immunodepression 163
Chapter 10. Cancer and Cancrophilia 184
Chapter 11. Aging: the Most Universal Disease. The Role of Random and Regular Processes 227
Chapter 12. Four Models of Disease Development 275
Chapter 13. What Is the Norm, or the Grand Biological Clock and the “Certificate of Health” 293
Chapter 14, Age-Related Norm and Accelerated Development 304
Chapter 15. The Female and the Male: Four and Three Stages of Life 315
Chapter 16. To Treat or Not to Treat? How to Retard Aging 324
Chapter 17. On the Path to Integral Medicine 353
Subject Index 422