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Body by Darwin : How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine

By: Taylor, Jeremy.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (261 p.).ISBN: 9780226059914.Subject(s): Evolutionary geneticsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Body by Darwin : How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms MedicineDDC classification: 610 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents -- Introduction -- Absent Friends: How the Hygiene Hypothesis Explains Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases -- A Fine Romance: How Evolutionary Theory Explains Infertility and Diseases of Pregnancy -- The Downside of Upright: The Relationship between Bipedalism and Orthopedic Illnesses -- DIY Eye: How Developmental Biology Cures Blindness and Rebuts Creationism -- Hopeful Monsters: Why Cancer Is Almost Impossible to Cure -- A Problem with the Plumbing: Why the Evolution of Coronary Arteries Makes Us Prone to Heart Attacks
Three Score Years-and Then? How Evolution Is Breathing New Life into Moribund Dementia Research -- Acknowledgments -- Suggestions for Further Reading
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Contents -- Introduction -- Absent Friends: How the Hygiene Hypothesis Explains Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases -- A Fine Romance: How Evolutionary Theory Explains Infertility and Diseases of Pregnancy -- The Downside of Upright: The Relationship between Bipedalism and Orthopedic Illnesses -- DIY Eye: How Developmental Biology Cures Blindness and Rebuts Creationism -- Hopeful Monsters: Why Cancer Is Almost Impossible to Cure -- A Problem with the Plumbing: Why the Evolution of Coronary Arteries Makes Us Prone to Heart Attacks

Three Score Years-and Then? How Evolution Is Breathing New Life into Moribund Dementia Research -- Acknowledgments -- Suggestions for Further Reading

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Body by Darwin attempts to trace the evolutionary history of many common medical issues, including heart disease, miscarriage, dementia, cancer, and back pain, with an eye toward what evolution can tell people about the possible origins of these problems and, ultimately, strategies for treatment. On the whole, the language of the book is quite clear--most undergraduates will have little difficulty with it--although the text occasionally becomes bogged down by extensive scientific descriptions. In evaluating the body from a medico-evolutionary perspective, Taylor (formerly, producer/director, BBC Television), author of Not a Chimp (CH, Feb'10, 47-3146), directly challenges anti-creationists who see design "flaws" as evidence against a purposefully created body. He argues that many modern medical issues have arisen for good evolutionary reasons, not simply because of haphazard mutations. However, Taylor's descriptions of the role evolution plays in why human bodies work and sometimes fail can often seem tenuous and cursory compared to the laborious biological detail of the modern body. Despite weaker links to evolutionary research than one might like, Taylor succeeds in drawing provocative connections between health and evolution that add an important perspective to how people should think about the theory and practice of modern medicine. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --Fred Gibbs, University of New Mexico

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