- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane (3 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846143926
- ISBN-13: 978-1846143922
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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Monumental. The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage that reveals how the past six million years shaped every part of us-our heads, limbs, and even our metabolism. Through Lieberman's eyes, evolutionary history not only comes alive, it also becomes the means to understand, and ultimately influence, our body's future (Neil Shubin, author of 'Your Inner Fish')
No one understands the human body like Daniel Lieberman or tells its story more eloquently. He's found a tale inside our skin that's riveting, enlightening, and more than a little frightening (Christopher McDougall, author of 'Born to Run')
About the Author
Daniel Lieberman is the Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and a leader in the field. He has written nearly 100 articles, many appearing in the journals Nature and Science, and his cover story on barefoot running in Nature was picked up by major media the world over. His research and discoveries have been highlighted in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Discover, and National Geographic.
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I found the level pitched about right, not too technical but assuming some general background knowledge. It provided some real insights into how some modern "diseases" are the consequence of our lifestyles changing much faster than evolution and how cultural evolution is replacing genetic evolution in some circumstances. Whilst not dwelling on possible "cures", it becomes very apparent that sensible modifications of lifestyle and diet might provide some benefits in quality of life as we age. He takes a common-sense approach, advocating achievable changes rather than revolutionary ones.
Daniel tries to give balanced views and references which help to show that this is not an exact science - there is still much uncertainty and much work to be done. Occasionally the lack of references in a section gives a clue that a particular view may be a personal one.
It was overlong with a lot of repetition, I got the feeling that the author was aiming for a target shelf width - otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
It has certainly provided me with enough evidence to motivate myself to make some modifications to my lifestyle.
It explains the evolutionary basis of who we are today and why we get everything from diabetes, obesity to running injuries and how they are totally preventable by applying common sense and bit of knowledge that would come from simply reading the label on the food that we buy.
It explain in lucid detail why "low-fat" food make you fatter. I followed these principle for a year and lost over 10% of my body weight and my fitness level at a level I never thought imaginable. And all this in my middle-age!
This book sums up the various facets that affect fitness and wellness (movement, nutrition and lifestyle) and how they relate to our background as a species.
It highlights mismatches between our environment of evolutionary adaptation and our modern post industrialised world distilling the information in an easily absorbable way.
There are great examples all along the way and a wide range of studies and resources are cited with a sizeable bibliography at the end for further reading.
This is a highly practical guide for anyone wanting to know anything real about what makes us human and how to look after ourselves.
Lieberman garners the readers trust by way of the fact that he himself is a peer reviewed and respected professor of anthropology with a wealth of experience in the field.
The only problem is it is so well researched that I feel I will become academically lazy and use this book as a single source for my evolution fitness based questions.
You will find out such things for example such as how body converts sugar into energy, energy consumption by hunter gatherers versus modern human, brain size relative to primates and what being not active does to our body. These are only few snippets from the book, there is much more.
The book covers quite a lot of stuff. In human evolution part he talks about Apes and Humans and our common ancestors, on how we became bipedals, following by culture and rise of farming which caused our population to explode which exposed us to all sorts of diseases and then ending book with looking at whats causing certain mismatch diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and how our body responds to them.
By reading this book you will learn more about human evolution, on how environment and history made us who we are today. You will also learn more about the way your body works, health, diet and what can cause certain mismatch diseases. The book is eye opener and I would highly recommend it to read it through.
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The way our body evolved throughout the history teaches us a lot about for what we were made for. By means of breaking down the adaptations which made our species so special... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Possibly my favourite book ever.
One criticism is that I have found when lending the book to others that they struggle a bit with the science terminology/approach. Read more
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I've been paleo for almost 4 years. Reading this book put everything in place for me. couldn't put it down.Published 14 months ago by Jacob
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