Memory Banks

Lawrence Cohen

in No Aging in India

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520083967
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925328 | DOI:
Memory Banks

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What does it mean to speak of memory and forgetting? What is the relationship between memory and bodily, social, and economic power? Are there other processes of embodiment—more critical than the anxiety of old age and the experience of senility that soak up the act of forgetting? This chapter considers such third-person constructions. Ayurveda literally suggests the authoritative knowledge of longevity; all eight branches of medicine are seen as critical to a clinical practice preserving and extending one's years. Memory in both professional and popular literature and representations of Alzheimer's becomes the necessary and sufficient index of the embodiment of aging, how one worries about ending up.

Keywords: anxiety; memory; forgetting; America; Ayurveda; allopathic medicine

Chapter.  13745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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