Human Biology and Health: An Evolutionary Approach (Health and Disease Series) / Edition 3

Human Biology and Health: An Evolutionary Approach (Health and Disease Series) / Edition 3

by Basiro Davey, Tim Halliday, Mark (Eds.) Hirst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335208398

ISBN-13: 9780335208395

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

This book starts from the premise that patterns of illness and disability in modern human populations have been influenced by the biological and cultural evolution of the human species over the last five million years. Developments as diverse as the transition to an upright posture, the farming of grains, close contact with domestic animals, the use of cooking, and

Overview

This book starts from the premise that patterns of illness and disability in modern human populations have been influenced by the biological and cultural evolution of the human species over the last five million years. Developments as diverse as the transition to an upright posture, the farming of grains, close contact with domestic animals, the use of cooking, and the proliferation of urban settlements, industrial processes and international travel have all had profound effects on human health. The evolution of infectious, genetic and degenerative diseases are viewed through the interaction between human biology and human culture, which helps explain the variation in susceptibility to disease between individuals and populations.

The authors are biologists who have written an introduction to human biology and evolution that is accessible to a general readership, but which aims to teach some fundamental biological principles, including DNA and the nature of genes, the structure and functions of cells, the evolution of infectious agents and the human immune system, and the interaction between human physiology and the physical environment. The potential for new biomedical and genetic technologies to offer partial solutions to a few major health problems is considered, alongside the ethical dilemmas they pose for health services and for individuals in the developed world. The book contains case-studies on genetic screening and gene therapy, lactose intolerance and dioxin pollution, and ends with the suggestion that the pace of cultural change is now seriously challenging human capacity to evolve genetic and social adaptations to maintain and improve health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335208395
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Health and Disease Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A note for the general reader6
Study guide for OU students8
1Why 'an evolutionary approach'?10
2The human biological heritage17
3The story of life in a few pages51
4Inheritance and variation101
5Living with other species151
6Surviving infectious disease191
7Digestion and dietary change225
8On living longer261
9Tinkering with nature285
10Living with the chemical industrial environment329
11The impact of modern culture351
References and further sources363
Answers to questions372
Acknowledgements385
Index387

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