aging, biological science, institutional history, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation
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Those who have written on the history of gerontology have long emphasized the interdisciplinarity of the field; indeed, an important theme has been whether gerontology is a discipline in its own right or essentially a place of intersection for other, more established ones. Historian W. Andrew Achenbaum (Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science, 1995) and sociologist Stephen Katz (Disciplining Old Age: The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge, 1996), in tracing that history, have emphasized the centrality of the social sciences while recognizing the contributions of individuals and institutions from the natural sciences. Historian of science and medicine, Hyung Wook Park, fills an important gap in the historical literature, and his book examines the biological...

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