Considerable life extension and three views on the meaning of life

Matti Hayry, Matti Häyry

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    Abstract

    Picture this. You are having your regular medical checkup, when, all of a sudden, the physician turns to you and says: "Oh, did I remember to mention that you can now live forever?" You look at the doctor enquiringly and she goes on: "Well, it's not actual immortality, you know, but they've invented this treatment-I don't have the full details-that stops aging, getting physically older. It might not be for everyone, but you seem to be a suitable candidate. You could still die of accidents and illness, of course, but they've calculated that with care and any luck you should live to be a thousand, as opposed to the hundred or so that you would now have. And in a millennium, techniques will advance further, so there could be more in store for you after that." © 2011 Cambridge University Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-29
    Number of pages8
    JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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