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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 1

Ponce’s Dream

EVEN HAD THE sixteenth-century explorer Juan Ponce de León found the fabled fountain of youth, it may not have saved him from the fatal consequences of the Native American’s arrow that found its mark during his second and final visit to the land he called Pascua de Florida. The compelling thing about his quest is that he risked his life chasing so wispy a rumor. But then the vision of perpetual, even apparent, health is a potent motivator; ask any plastic surgeon or cosmetic manufacturer.

The promise of at least prolonged, if not perpetual, health no longer rests on rumor. Existing and emerging science and technology give substance to the hope, even the expectation, that we can understand enough about health and how to ...

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