Evolutionary Medicine

Paperback | July 15, 1999

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

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Evolution is the single most important idea in modern biology, shedding light on virtually every biological question, from the shape of orchid blossoms to the distribution of species across the planet. Until recently, however, the theory has had little impact on medical research or practice.Evolutionary Medicine shows how this is beginning to change. Collecting work from leaders in the field, this volume describes an array of new and innovative approaches to human health that are based on an appreciation of our long evolutionary history. For example, it shows how evolution helps to explain the complex relationship between our immune systemsand the virulence and transmission of human viruses. It also shows how comparisons between how we live today and how our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived thousands of years ago illuminate a variety of contemporary ills, including obesity, lower-back pain, and insomnia. Evolutionary Medicine covers issues at every stage of life, from infancy (colic, jaundice, SIDS, parent-infant sleep struggles, ear infections, breast-feeding, asthma) to adulthood (sexually transmitted diseases, depression, overeating, addictions, child abuse, cardiovascular disease, breast andovarian cancer) to old age (osteoporosis, geriatric sleep problems). Written for a wide range of students and researchers in medicine, anthropology, and psychology, it is an invaluable guide to this rapidly developing field.

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Evolution is the single most important idea in modern biology, shedding light on virtually every biological question, from the shape of orchid blossoms to the distribution of species across the planet. Until recently, however, the theory has had little impact on medical research or practice.Evolutionary Medicine shows how this is begi...

Wenda Trevathan is at New Mexico State University. James J. McKenna is at University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Michael H. Day: Foreword: Historical OverviewContributorsIntroduction1. John Brett and Susan Niermeyer: Is Neonatal Jaundice a Disease or an Adaptive Process?2. Ronald G. Barr: Infant Crying Behavior and Colic: An Interpretation in Evolutionary Perspective3. James McKenna, Sarah Mosko, and Chris Richard: Evolutionary Pediatrics and Implications for SIDS4. Hal J. Daniel III: Otitis Media: An Evolutionary Perspective5. A. Magdalena Hurtado, I. Arenas de Hurtado, Robert Sapien, and Kim Hill: The Evolutionary Ecology of Childhood Asthma6. Carol M. Worthman: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Onset of Puberty7. Mark T. Erickson: Incest Avoidance: Clinical Implications of the Evolutionary Perspective8. Wenda R. Trevathan: Evolutionary Obstetrics9. Kathleen C. Barnes, George J. Armelagos, and Steven C. Morreale: Darwinian Medicine and the Emergence of Allergy10. Paul W. Ewald: Using Evolution as a Tool for Controlling Infectious Diseases11. Paul W. Ewald: Evolutionary Control of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Viruses12. S. Boyd Eaton, S. B. Eaton III, and Melvin J. Konner: Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited13. Robert Anderson: Human Evolution, Low Back Pain, and Dual-Level Control14. Randolph Nesse: What Darwinian Medicine Offers Psychiatry15. E. O. Smith: Evolution, Substance Abuse, and Addiction16. Lynnette E. Leidy: Menopause in Evolutionary Perspective17. S. Boyd Eaton and S. Boyd Eaton III: Breast Cancer in Evolutionary Context18. Linda M. Gerber and Douglas E. Crews: Evolutionary Perspectives on Chronic Degenerative Diseases

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"This volume is the most recent of an increasing number of books on the evolutionary biology of disease. . .This book might be easier to read for nonspecialists. . .Nevertheless, for anyone with an interest in the evolution of disease. Evolutionary Medicine offers thought-provokingmaterial."--The Quarterly Review of Biology