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Extra life : the astonishing story of how we doubled our lifespan  Cover Image Book Book

Extra life : the astonishing story of how we doubled our lifespan / Steven Johnson.


Humans live longer now than they ever have in their more than three hundred thousand years of existence on earth. And most (if not all) of the advances that have permitted the human lifespan to double have happened in living memory. Extra Life looks at vaccines, seat belts, pesticides, and more, and how each of our scientific advancements have prolonged human life. This book is a deep dive into the sciences--perfect for younger readers who enjoy modern history as well as scientific advances. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593351499
  • ISBN: 0593351495
  • Physical Description: 121 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: Young readers edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Adapted for young readers"
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The speckled monster (vaccines) -- The detectives (public health data) -- Mapping the seventh ward (social epidemiology) -- Safe as milk (pasteurization) -- Beyond the placebo effect (drug testing and regulation -- The mold that changed the world (antibiotics) -- The rocket sled (automobile safety) -- Feed the world (the decline of famine) -- The work left to do.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12 Viking.
Grades 4-6 Viking.
1220L Lexile
Subject: Health expectancy > History > Juvenile literature.
Medical care > History > Juvenile literature.
Life expectancy > History > Juvenile literature.
Medical sciences > History > Juvenile literature.
Technology > History > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Medical statistics.
Instructional and educational works.

Available copies

  • 11 of 11 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Festus Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Festus Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Festus Public Library J 614.42 Johnson (Text) 32017000083974 New Juvenile Books Available -

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