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Paul Ferguson

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"WHILE researching Francis Bacon’s ideas about human longevity, I became interested in a remark he makes about the Chinese in Historia Vitae et Mortis. As partial evidence that islanders tend to live longer than mainlanders, he offers this supposed fact: ‘… Iaponenses etiam Chinensibus (licet hi Longaevitatis appetentes sint usque ad Insaniam) sunt vivaciores’. [‘The Japanese are also longer-lived than the Chinese although the latter are desirous of longevity to the point of madness’.]"

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