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Noted Harvard-trained geriatrician 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."

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life | Louise Aronson | Bloomsbury | 2019 | 464 pages | ISBN: 978-1620405468


Reading icon imageAging as the Next Social Revolution by Andrea A Firth. Oakland Magazine, June 13, 2019


Head shot photo of Louise AronsonLouise Aronson, MD MFA, author of the story collection A History of the Present Illness, is a geriatrician, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs UCSF Health Humanities. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her articles and stories have appeared in publications including The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Bellevue Literary Review and have earned her a MacDowell fellowship, the Sonora Review Prize, and four Pushcart nominations. She lives in San Francisco.

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