Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science by W. Andrew Achenbaum

By W. Andrew Achenbaum

Gerontology didn't grow to be a systematic box of inquiry within the usa till the 20th century. through tracing highbrow networks and interpreting institutional styles, Crossing Frontiers exhibits how outdated age grew to become a "problem" worthy investigating and the way a multidisciplinary orientation took form. Gerontology continues to be a marginal highbrow company, yet its very strengths and weaknesses remove darkness from the politics of specialization and educational turf-fighting in U.S. greater schooling.

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Albion W. Small, the nation's foremost sociologist, dismissed The Nature of Man as "unscientific science. . The serious element in the book is set forth with just enough stage business to charm the galleries.

41-4. See also Bernard Barber, Social Studies in Science (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1990), pp. 3-4. Among the "assessments" in histories of aging I consulted were, in addition to those in note 1, essays and books by James Birren, Robert Butler, Joseph Freeman, Gerald Gruman, Carole Haber, Leonard Hayflick, and Nathan Shock. (Full citations to these authors appear at places in the text where Surveying the frontiers of aging 25 So why start this chapter with Metchnikoff? There are three reasons.

Tauber and Leon Chernyak, Metchnikoff and the Origins of Immunology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991). "2Elie Metchnikoff (i 845-1916) was "the foremost of French medical men," according to Edwin E. S. commentator of scientific developments in the early twentieth century. "Like Pasteur . . "3 What was the cross-disciplinary journey that led Metchnikoff to gerontology} Actually, it was unplanned: Metchnikoff crossed several scientific frontiers during the course of his distinguished career.

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