Evolutionary Medicine / Edition 1

Evolutionary Medicine / Edition 1

by Wenda R. Trevathan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195103556

ISBN-13: 9780195103557

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Human biology reflects our long history as hunter-gatherers. For example, to cope with a variable food supply, we evolved the ability to consume extra calories and store them efficiently as fat. Now that most humans five very differently, this adaptation is often a disadvantage. Evolutionary medicine, an exciting new multidisciplinary field, looks at such conflicts…  See more details below

Overview

Human biology reflects our long history as hunter-gatherers. For example, to cope with a variable food supply, we evolved the ability to consume extra calories and store them efficiently as fat. Now that most humans five very differently, this adaptation is often a disadvantage. Evolutionary medicine, an exciting new multidisciplinary field, looks at such conflicts between our biological traits and contemporary culture. It provides deep insights into a wide range of aspects of human health and biology, from childhood asthma and infant crying to breast cancer, aging, and menopause. The approach is uncovering both causes and treatments and wilt be an essential aspect of medical research well into the next century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103557
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Historical Overview
Contributors
Introduction3
1Is Neonatal Jaundice a Disease or an Adaptive Process?7
2Infant Crying Behavior and Colic: An Interpretation in Evolutionary Perspective27
3Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Cosleeping in Relation to SIDS Prevention53
4Otitis Media: An Evolutionary Perspective75
5The Evolutionary Ecology of Childhood Asthma101
6Evolutionary Perspectives on the Onset of Puberty135
7Incest Avoidance: Clinical Implications of the Evolutionary Perspective165
8Evolutionary Obstetrics183
9Darwinian Medicine and the Emergence of Allergy209
10Using Evolution as a Tool for Controlling Infectious Diseases245
11Evolutionary Control of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Viruses271
12Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited313
13Human Evolution, Low Back Pain, and Dual-Level Control333
14What Darwinian Medicine Offers Psychiatry351
15Evolution, Substance Abuse, and Addiction375
16Menopause in Evolutionary Perspective407
17Breast Cancer in Evolutionary Context429
18Evolutionary Perspectives on Chronic Degenerative Diseases443
Index471

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