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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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VELA NAVARRETE, Remigio  and  PEREZ ALBACETE, Mariano. Male aging in the Middle Ages: Commentaries on the book by Arnau de Vilanova "Conservatio juventute preservatio senectute". Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2007, vol.60, n.8, pp.869-872. ISSN 0004-0614.

In the Middle Ages medical texts the notes about personal hygiene are scarce and they are dedicated to the Kings or the aristocracy. In his work Regimen sanitatis ad inclytum regen Aragorum, Arnaldo de Vilanova underlines six things that are necessary for cleanliness, among which he includes his well-known proposition Conservatio juventute preservatio senectute. We compared his text with those from other authors with references to the issue and, once examined, Vilanova’ s work stands out. Doctors in the middle ages were already interested in aging and propositions considered today as modern are found described in various works from that period.

Keywords : Renaissance; Arnaldo de Vilanova; Hygiene in the Middle Ages; History of Urology.

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