Response of the Scientific Community
to the Scientific Research and the Book "The Biology of Life Span"
by L.A. Gavrilov and N.S. Gavrilova

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"Gavrilov makes the best attempt I know of to distinguish how long people could live from how long they actually live - one of the more difficult tasks for both biology and statistics... Gavrilov's scholarship is impressive". - Professor Nathan Keyfitz, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria. Mathematical Population Studies, 1991, vol.3, No.2, p.161.

"... This book is a highly valuable contribution to the discipline. ...This book should make scientists take notice of research on aging and longevity ... in the former Soviet Union" - Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., University of Chicago, USA. Population and Development Review, 1992, vol.18, No.3, pp.555-558.

"... The birth of modern biodemography in a book published by Gavrilov and Gavrilova (1991) " - Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., University of Chicago, USA. Population and Development Review, 1998, vol.24, No.2, p.384.

"Highly recommended for stimulating fresh approaches ... " - Professor Roy L. Walford, M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, USA. The Gerontologist, 1991, vol.31, No.5, p.707.

"... Many will find an excursion into it stimulating". - Dr. Emily Grundy, Lecturer in Gerontology, Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, King's College, London, UK. British Medical Journal, 1992, vol.305, No.6850, p.431.

"The Gavrilovs have made a valuable contribution to the study of life span, and any future work on the subject will have to take account of the rich contents of this book". - Dr. Vaino Kannisto, Former United Nations Adviser on Demography. Population Studies, 1992, vol.46, No.2, pp. 366-367.

"This book should be read by all members of the profession interested in mortality - which should be all members of the profession" - Dr. H.A.R.Barnett, Institute of Actuaries, UK. J.of The Institute of Actuaries, 1992, vol.119, Part II, pp.379-381.

"Good new book on ageing". - Dr. Thomas B.L.Kirkwood, Ph.D. Head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Biology, National Institute for Medical Research, London, United Kingdom. Nature, 1991, vol.352, 29 August, pp.767-768.

"... The reader will benefit enormously from the broadening of perspective as a result of exposure to the Gavrilovs' theories on the biology of life span" - Dr. Michael Akiyama, University of Michigan, Dearborn, USA. Human Biology, 1992, vol.64, No.4, pp.630-632.

"The book features quite a bit of demographic theory and analysis. It is refreshing" - Professor Michael R.Rose, University of California, Irvine, USA. Annals of Human Biology, 1992, vol.19, No.3, pp.320-321.

"A general theory of lifespan is thus created." - Dr. Norman Vetter, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK. J.of Epidemiology & Community Health, 1992, vol.46, No.6, p.630.

"I found it to be highly rewarding reading." - Dr. Edward J.Masoro, University of Texas Health Science Center.Quarterly Review of Biology, 1993, vol.68, p.92.

"It raises lots of interesting questions, clarifies many methodological issues, and lays the groundwork in an entertaining way for future research." - Dr. Kenneth Hill, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, USA. American Journal of Epidemiology., 1994, vol.139, No.2, p.231-232.

"Clearly, this is a very interesting, provocative and thought-provoking book" - Dr. Ward Dean, M.D., The Center for Bio-Gerontology, Pencasola, Florida, USA. Experimental Gerontology, 1992, vol.27, No.2, pp.251-253.

"This is an interesting book, full of tables and data and polemical in its approach." - Professor William A.Pryor, Director of Biodynamic Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA,USA. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 1992, vol.12, pp.331-332.

"It brings to bear a fresh approach whose ideas are logically presented and developed". - Dr. Brian Merry, Ph.D., Institute of Human Aging, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Ageing and Society, 1991, vol.11, No.4, pp.509-510.

"... Should be read by anyone seriously interested in ageing. ... You will find this a surprisingly good 'read', and a must for every library". - Dr.D.Sebastian Fairweather, Physician, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Oxford, United Kingdom. Age and Ageing, 1992, vol.21, No.5, pp.386-387.

"Ein aktuelles buch, das sicherlich die internationale diskussion des problems befordern kann." - Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Falck, Berlin, Germany. Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie, 1991, Band 25, Heft 1, S.56.

"The book is well written, easy to read, and should be of interest to a wide spectrum of readers including physicians, biologists, biochemists, gerontologists..." - Prof. Robert W.Gracy, University of North Texas, USA. Educational Gerontology, 1993, vol.19, No.1, pp.92-93.

"Leonid Gavrilov is a top-flight statistical population biologist... The area is important well beyond the confines of biological gerontology and extends into politics and social planning. Gavrilov is very good on just this sort of thing. He has a fresh approach, new ideas, a great deal of data not readily available elsewhere." - Dr. Roy. L. Walford, Professor of Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine, USA. Mathematical Population Studies, 1991, vol.3, No.2, p.161.

"This book is directed toward researchers interested in statistical patterns and mathematical models of human life span. For students within this defined area of research, this text offers a good historical perspective, insight into the Russian literature, and insight into the quantitative analysis of life span" - Dr.Deborah A.Roach, Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, USA. Ecology, 1992, vol.73, No.1, pp.379-381.

"This book is in essence a biostatistical analysis of the problems of lifespan, human and animal. ... The literature in many languages had clearly been well covered, and much has been made of national and other mortality statistics in this century. ... A useful source book." - Dr. F.I.Caird, D.M., F.R.C.P., Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK. J.of Clinical and Experimental Gerontology, 1992, vol.14, No. 3 & 4, p.309.

"This intelligent and thought provoking book should be read widely" - Dr. Suresh I.S.Rattan, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cellular Ageing, Aarhus University, Denmark. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 1993, vol.31, p.499-500.

"This is a provocative and refreshing book" - Dr.Alan R.Hipkiss, Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, UK. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1992, vol.7, No.8, p.614.

"To sum up, the book is substantial, interesting and brings fresh air. We can confidently commend its study to all scientists ... " - Dr. Janos Izsak, Department of Zoology, Berzsenyi Teachers' College, Szombathely, Hungary. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 1992, vol.15, No.2,pp.192-194.

"This ... is an excellent book. ... Nobody interested in aging should fail to read". - Dr. C.S.Downes, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. BioEssays, 1993, vol.15, No.5, pp.359-362.

"...Provocative and entertaining reading and can be recommended to anyone with an interest in biological aging." - Dr. Douglas E. Crews, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University, USA. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 1993, vol.8, No.3, pp.281-290.

"It deserves to be read widely. Scientists and physicians who are interested in the aging of populations or of individuals will be much more effective in their work if they become familiar with the subject matter of this book." - Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 1993, vol.8, No.1, pp.59-60.


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