Evolution and Medicine

Paperback | August 12, 2013

byRobert Perlman

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Physicians and scientists are increasingly recognising the importance of an evolutionary perspective in studying the aetiology, prevention, and treatment of human disease. The increasing prominence of genetics in medicine is further adding to the interest in evolutionary medicine. Evolutionand Medicine clearly lays out the principles of evolutionary medicine in a way that will appeal to clinicians, medical students, and biomedical research scientists. These principles include variation and selection, the genetic basis of evolutionary change, life history theory and the evolutionary biology of aging, developmental plasticity, host-pathogen coevolution, and the effects of environmental change (which, for humans, is largely due to man-made, culturalchange). The book intersperses presentations of evolutionary concepts with discussions of diseases that illustrate the application of these concepts, and clearly show the relevance of evolutionary biology to medical education, research, and practice.This accessible text is written for physicians, biomedical scientists, and both premedical and medical students. It is also ideally placed to cater for an anticipated expansion in seminars and in undergraduate and continuing medical education courses on this topic.

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Physicians and scientists are increasingly recognising the importance of an evolutionary perspective in studying the aetiology, prevention, and treatment of human disease. The increasing prominence of genetics in medicine is further adding to the interest in evolutionary medicine. Evolutionand Medicine clearly lays out the principles o...

Robert Perlman received an MD and a PhD (Biochemistry) from the University of Chicago and has had a career in academic medicine. He did research and taught at the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Illinois at Chicago before returning to the University of Chicago. He has carried out research i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.07 inPublished:August 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661723

ISBN - 13:9780199661725

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Table of Contents

1. Evolution and medicine2. Human demography, history, and disease3. Evolutionary genetics4. Cystic fibrosis5. Life histories and the evolutionary biology of aging6. Cancer7. Host-pathogen coevolution8. Sexually transmitted diseases9. Malaria10. Gene-culture coevolution: lactase persistence11. Man-made diseases