Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

Paperback | April 13, 2016

byPeter Gluckman, Alan Beedle, Tatjana Buklijas

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Evolutionary science is critical to an understanding of integrated human biology and is increasingly recognised as a core discipline by medical and public health professionals. Advances in the field of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology, and epidemiology have led to the growingrealisation that incorporating evolutionary thinking is essential for medicine to achieve its full potential. This revised and updated second edition of the first comprehensive textbook of evolutionary medicine explains the principles of evolutionary biology from a medical perspective and focuses onhow medicine and public health might utilise evolutionary thinking. It is written to be accessible to a broad range of readers, whether or not they have had formal exposure to evolutionary science. The general structure of the second edition remains unchanged, with the initial six chapters providing a summary of the evolutionary theory relevant to understanding human health and disease, using examples specifically relevant to medicine. The second part of the book describes the application ofevolutionary principles to understanding particular aspects of human medicine: in addition to updated chapters on reproduction, metabolism, and behaviour, there is an expanded chapter on our coexistence with micro-organisms and an entirely new chapter on cancer. The two parts are bridged by achapter that details pathways by which evolutionary processes affect disease risk and symptoms, and how hypotheses in evolutionary medicine can be tested. The final two chapters of the volume are considerably expanded; they illustrate the application of evolutionary biology to medicine and publichealth, and consider the ethical and societal issues of an evolutionary perspective. A number of new clinical examples and historical illustrations are included.This second edition of a novel and popular textbook provides an updated resource for doctors and other health professionals, medical students and biomedical scientists, as well as anthropologists interested in human health, to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary processes underlyinghuman health and disease.

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Evolutionary science is critical to an understanding of integrated human biology and is increasingly recognised as a core discipline by medical and public health professionals. Advances in the field of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology, and epidemiology have led to the growingrealisation that incorporating evolutionary think...

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is a well-known biomedical scientist. Author of over 650 scientific papers and reviews, and of technical and popular science books, his contributions to developmental, endocrine and evolutionary sciences have won him numerous awards and recognition - including Fellowship of the Royal Society (London) and t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:April 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199663939

ISBN - 13:9780199663934

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PART 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY1. Introduction2. Evolutionary theory3. The molecular basis of variation and inheritance4. Evolution and development5. The human life history6. The molecular basis of variation and inheritancePART 2: EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE7. An evolutionary framework for understanding human health and disease8. Reproduction9. Nutritional and metabolic adaptation10. Coevolution, infection, and immunity11. Psychology and behaviour12. Cancer13. Evolutionary principles applied to medical practice and public health14. Evolution, medicine, and society