Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives by Wenda R. TrevathanEvolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives by Wenda R. Trevathan

Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives

byWenda R. Trevathan, E.O. Smith, James J. Mckenna

Paperback | October 26, 2007

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Building on the success of their groundbreaking anthology Evolutionary Medicine (OUP, 1999), Wenda R. Trevathan, E. O. Smith, and James J. McKenna provide an up-to-date and thought-provoking introduction to the field with this new collection of essays. Ideal for courses in evolutionarymedicine, medical anthropology, and the evolution of human disease, Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives presents twenty-three original articles that examine how human evolution relates to a broad range of contemporary health problems including infectious, chronic, nutritional, andmental diseases and disorders. Topics covered include disease susceptibility in cultural context, substance abuse and addiction, sleep disorders, preeclampsia, altitude-related hypoxia, the biological context of menstruation, and the role of stress in modern life. An international team of preeminentscholars in biological anthropology, medicine, biology, psychology, and geography contributed the selections. Together they represent a uniquely integrative and multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the dialogue between biology and culture as it relates to understanding, treating, andpreventing disease. A common theme throughout is the description of cases in which biological human development conflicts with culturally based individual behaviors that determine health outcomes. Detailed, evidence-based arguments make the case that all aspects of the human condition covered in thevolume have an evolutionary basis, while theoretical discussions using other empirical evidence critique the gaps that still remain in evolutionary approaches to health.Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives features an introductory overview that covers the field's diverse array of topics, questions, lines of evidence, and perspectives. In addition, the editors provide introductions to each essay and an extensive bibliography that represents astate-of-the-art survey of the literature. A companion website offers a full bibliography and links to source articles, reports, and databases. Written in an engaging style that is accessible to students, professionals, and general readers, this book offers a unique look at how an evolutionaryperspective has become increasingly relevant to the health field and medical practice.
Wenda Trevathan is a Biological Anthropologist at New Mexico State University. E.O. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. James McKenna is Edmund P. Joycs Chair in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.
Title:Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:October 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195307062

ISBN - 13:9780195307061


Table of Contents

Preface: Contributors: PART ONE. BACKGROUNDWenda Trevathan, E. O. Smith, and James J. McKenna: 1. An Overview of Evolutionary MedicinePART TWO. Politics, Nutrition, and DietBethany L. Turner, Kenneth Maes, Jennifer Sweeney, and George J. Armelagos: 2. Human Evolution, Diet, and Nutrition: When the Body Meets the BuffetLeslie Sue Lieberman: 3. Diabesity and Darwinian Medicine: The Evolution of an EpidemicIver Mysterud, Dag Viljen Poleszynski, Fedon A. Lindberg, and Stig A. Bruset: 4. To Eat, or What Not To Eat: A Critique of the Official Norwegian Dietary GuidelinesAndrea S. Wiley: 5. Cow's Milk Consumption and Health: An Evolutionary PerspectivePART THREE. SEX, REPRODUCTION, AND HEALTHJames S. Chisholm and David A. Coall: 6. Not by Bread Alone: The Role of Psychosocial Stress in Age at First Reproduction and in Health InequalitiesAlejandra Nunez-de la Mora and Gillian R. Bentley: 7. Early Life Effects on Reproductive FunctionTessa M. Pollard and Nigel Unwin: 8. Impaired Reproductive Function in Women in Western and "Westernizing" Populations: An Evolutionary ApproachLynnette Leidy Sievert: 9. Should Women Menstruate? An Evolutionary Perspective on Menstrual-Suppressing Oral ContraceptivesCaroline Doyle, Holly A. Swain Ewald, and Paul W. Ewald: 10. An Evolutionary Perspective on Premenstrual Syndrome: Implications for Investigating Infectious Causes of Chronic DiseasePierre-Yves Robillard, Gustaaf Dekker, Gerard Chaouat, Jean Chaline, and Thomas C. Hulsey: 11. The Possible Role of Eclampsia/Preeclampsia in the Evolution of Human ReproductionPART FOUR. ENVIRONMENTS, NORMALITY, AND LIFETIME HEALTHHelen Ball and Kristin Klingaman: 12. Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Sleep Proximity: Implications for Infant CareMark V. Flinn: 13. Why Words Can Hurt Us: Social Relationships, Stress, and HealthCynthia M. Beall: 14. Why Are We Vulnerable To Acute Mountain Sickness?Daniel H. Lende: 15. Evolution and Modern Behavioral Problems: The Case of AddictionCarol M. Worthman: 16. After Dark: The Evolutionary Ecology of Human SleepPART FIVE. CHRONIC DISEASES, OLD TREATMENTS, AND MORE MISUNDERSTANDINGJack Baker, Magdalena Hurtado, Osbjorn Pearson, and Troy Jones: 17. Evolutionary Medicine and Obesity: Developmental Adaptive Responses in Human Body CompositionChristopher W. Kuzawa: 18. The Developmental Origins of Adult Health: Intergenerational Inertia in Adaptation and DiseasePaul W. Ewald: 19. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Causes of Chronic Diseases: Atherosclerosis as an IllustrationDouglas E. Crews and Linda M. Gerber: 20. Genes, Geographic Ancestry, and Disease Susceptibility: Applications of Evolutionary Medicine to Clinical SettingsE. Jennifer Weil: 21. From Ancient Seas to Modern Disease: Evolution and Congestive Heart FailureStephen Lewis: 22. Evolution at the Intersection of Biology and MedicineRandolph M. Nesse: 23. The Importance of Evolution for MedicineReferences: Endnotes:

Editorial Reviews

"This is a wonderful addition to Evolutionary Medicine, and both fill a unique niche. These are the best examples of why evolution is so pertinent to contemporary medicine. The chapters are provocative and force students to think in new ways. In some chapters, standard practice is turned onits head. We need future health practitioners to be thinking outside of the box. This book is an incredibly important contribution to the literature."--Joan Stevenson, Western Washington University