Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Calling Dr. Comfort . . .

Today we give a birthday salute to Alexander Comfort (February 10, 1920 - March 26, 2000), physician, gerontologist, author and pacifist. Dr. Comfort wrote more than 50 books, but is best known for his book, The Joy of Sex (one more on the list of books folks tried to ban from public libraries).

"Remember when you hear them beginning to say Freedom. Look carefully - see who it is that they want you to butcher. " - Alex Comfort

Alex Comfort devoted much of the 1950s and 1960s to studying the biology of aging (biogerontology). He belived that life expectancy could be extended to 120 and was very involved in studying the possibilities of life extension.

Note: "At seven, already a rebel, he ran away from school. At 14, while experimenting with gunpowder, he blew off all the fingers but not the thumb on his left hand. In spite of this, he was able to qualify as a surgeon, after winning his degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he first studied classics, then medicine." (www.trivia-library.com)

There is something serendipitous in a doctor with the name Comfort writing a book on The Joy of Sex and proclaiming the life expectancy to be 120.

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