Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

Kobo ebook | February 8, 2012

byRandolph M. Nesse, George C. Williams

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The next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it's supposed to. In this ground-breaking book, two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness as well as the factors that predispose us toward it are subject to the same laws of natural selection that otherwise make our bodies such miracles of design.  Among the concerns they raise:

When may a fever be beneficial?
Why do pregnant women get morning sickness?
How do certain viruses "manipulate" their hosts into infecting others?
What evolutionary factors may be responsible for depression and panic disorder?

Deftly summarizing research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's, and form cancer to Huntington's chorea, Why We Get Sick, answers these questions and more.  The result is a book that will revolutionize our attitudes toward illness and will intrigue and instruct lay person and medical practitioners alike.


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The next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it's supposed to. In this ground-breaking book, two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness as well as the factors that predispose us toward it are subject to the same laws of natural selection that othe...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307816001

ISBN - 13:9780307816009

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exremely Insightful I dont believe that it is possible to understand the detailed workings of any complex and path dependent system, without observing a great deal of its history. This book clearly demonstrates the potential of Darwinian medicine in the light of this principle.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why We Get Sick This is a book that speculate the causes of various sickness from a Darwinian perspective. The explanations were supplied in a very non-technical language. Any serious layman can understand it. Highly recommended for people who want to understand the high level explanatory power of Darwinism.
Date published: 2000-10-28