Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Womens Health

Hardcover | May 28, 2010

byWenda Trevathan

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How has bipedalism impacted human childbirth? Do PMS and postpartum depression have specific, maybe even beneficial, functions? These are only two of the many questions that specialists in evolutionary medicine seek to answer, and that anthropologist Wenda Trevathan addresses in AncientBodies, Modern Lives. Exploring a range of women's health issues that may be viewed through an evolutionary lens, specifically focusing on reproduction, Trevathan delves into issues such as the medical consequences of early puberty in girls, the impact of migration, culture change, and poverty on reproductive health, andhow fetal growth retardation affects health in later life. Hypothesizing that many of the health challenges faced by women today result from a mismatch between how their bodies have evolved and the contemporary environments in which modern humans live, Trevathan sheds light on the power andpotential of examining the human life cycle from an evolutionary perspective, and how this could improve our understanding of women's health and our ability to confront health challenges in more creative, effective ways.

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How has bipedalism impacted human childbirth? Do PMS and postpartum depression have specific, maybe even beneficial, functions? These are only two of the many questions that specialists in evolutionary medicine seek to answer, and that anthropologist Wenda Trevathan addresses in AncientBodies, Modern Lives. Exploring a range of women's...

Wenda Trevathan, PhD, is the Regents Professor of Anthropology at New Mexico State University. A biological anthropologist whose research focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural factors underlying human reproduction, she published Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives in 2008 with OUP.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What is Evolutionary Medicine and What Does It Have to Do with Women's Health?2. Are We Grown Up Yet?3. Vicious Cycles4. Getting Pregnant: Why Can't Everyone Just Get Along?5. Staying Pregnant6. Welcome to the World7. The Greasy, Helpless One-Hour Old Human Newborn8. Women Are Defined By Their Breasts9. But Women Are More than Breasts10. If Reproduction Is What It's all About, Why Does It Stop?11. What Good Are Old Women? Quite A Lot, Thank You12. Implications for Women's Health In The 21st Century And Preventing The Epidemiological Collision