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The beginning of a review, by Greg Fahey, published in Life Extension Magazine, October 2000
Nanomedicine, Volume 1: Basic Capabilities, by Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Nanomedicine is an endlessly impressive and uniquely important book. Like Newton's Principia and Drexler's Nanosystems, it stands as a marker between all that has come before, and all that will come in the future. For it is effectively a blueprint for the future - essentially the whole future - of health, longevity and medicine. It is not quite a prediction - predictions are notoriously difficult - but is instead an engineering sketch of what will be possible for medicine based on the laws of physics and chemistry, when humankind can do everything consistent with those laws of physics. Despite its focus on the ultimate future of medicine, Nanomedicine is relevant to nearly everyone alive today and now, in many ways. It may save many lives, and it will certainly elevate many more. It is, in a sense, a gift from the future to those of us living in the present.
The book is at once very easy and very difficult to explain and to understand. It is excellently written and presented, and is about elemental themes of life and the conquest of death, disease, discomfort and ultimately even displeasure, at the hands of technology. But no mere simple statement can convey the staggering depth of the book, the awesome scholarship that has produced it, and the relentlessness with which Freitas has pursued his subject.
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