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Evolution in Health and Disease

Evolution in Health and Disease [Kindle Edition]

Stephen C. Stearns , Jacob C. Koella

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This book is a veritable treasure trove...The book is written in an extremely clear, mostly nontechnical style. (Lab Times)

The book should be a welcome addition to the shelves of academics and students in the biological sciences, as well as medical practitioners for whom it was primarily intended. (Jerzy M. Behnke Parasites & Vectors)

...this book will stimulate fresh thinking and new approaches to traditional medical problems (The New England Journal of Medicine)

The chapters are well-organized and refreshingly free of jargon, with good flow across the diverse range of topics. (American Journal of Human Biology)

This splendid book, will not only delight biologists (both established and apprentice) but also help medical students to appreciate biological issues underlying their future craft. (Biologist magazine)

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In this fully revised and updated edition, the editors have integrated a completely new set of contributions from the leading researchers in the field to describe the latest research in evolutionary medicine, providing a fresh summary of this rapidly expanding field 10 years after its predecessor was first compiled. It continues to adopt a broad approach to the subject, drawing on medically relevant research from evolutionary genetics, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary microbiology (especially experimental evolution of virulence and resistance), the evolution of aging and degenerative disease, and other aspects of biology or medicine where evolutionary approaches make important contributions. Evolution in Health and Disease describes how evolutionary thinking gives valuable insights and fresh perspectives into human health and disease, establishing evolutionary biology as an essential complementary science for medicine. Integrating evolutionary thought into medical research and practice helps to explain the origins of many medical conditions, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, other autoimmune diseases, and aging. It also provides life-saving insights into the evolutionary responses of pathogens to antibiotics, vaccinations, and other human interventions. Why do we grow old? How can we stay healthy as we age? The book discusses these and many other fascinating questions, as well as suggesting exciting possibilities for future treatment and research. This research level text is suitable for graduate level students and researchers in the fields of evolutionary (Darwinian) medicine, evolutionary biology, anthropology, developmental biology and genetics. It will also be of relevance and use to medical researchers and doctors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5455 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (17 Dec 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L62F7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars EVOLUTION in HEALTH etc 28 Oct 2009
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Overall an excellent book but hampaered by the OVERUSE of ACRONYMS.
I prefer books that have relevant figures or tables on the same page as the referred to text.
For me (a retired surgeon/anatomist) who has been fascinated by evolution, both paleological and molecular evidence it is a real Eye opener.
Jacques Loeb MB BS FRCS FRCSC FACSEvolution in Health and Disease
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biology Laboratory Technician 25 Sep 2009
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The book is very good. The product arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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