Bloomsbury Publishing Elderhood Bloomsbury Publishing Elderhood
Bloomsbury Publishing Elderhood Bloomsbury Publishing Elderhood


By Louise Aronson


Publication Date: March 2, 2021

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The New York Times bestseller from physician and award-winning writer Louise Aronson—an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.

For more than 5,000 years, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied.

Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy—a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.

Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author’s own words, “an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being.”

About the Author

Louise Aronson is the author of A History of the Present Illness. She has received a MacDowell fellowship, four Pushcart nominations, the Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine, and many more. Her articles and stories have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Bellevue Literary Review. She is a professor of medicine at UCSF, where she cares for older patients and directs UCSF Medical Humanities. She lives in San Francisco.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 464 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

ISBN: 9781620405475

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