Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

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by Peter Gluckman, Alan Beedle, Mark Hanson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199236380

ISBN-13: 9780199236381

Pub. Date: 08/31/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Evolutionary science is critical to an understanding of integrated human biology and is increasingly recognized as a core underpinning discipline by medical and public health professionals. Advances in the fields of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology, and epidemiology have led to the growing realization that incorporating evolutionary thinking is

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Overview

Evolutionary science is critical to an understanding of integrated human biology and is increasingly recognized as a core underpinning discipline by medical and public health professionals. Advances in the fields of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology, and epidemiology have led to the growing realization that incorporating evolutionary thinking is essential for medicine to achieve its full potential. This the first integrated and comprehensive textbook to explain the principles of evolutionary biology from a medical perspective and to focus on how medicine and public health might utilize evolutionary biology. It is written in a style which is accessible to a broad range of readers, whether or not they have had formal exposure to evolutionary science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199236381
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology

1 Introduction 3

2 Evolutionary theory 21

3 The molecular basis of variation and inheritance 51

4 Evolution and development 77

5 Evolution of life histories 97

6 Human evolution and the origins of human diversity 123

Pt. 2 Understanding Human Disease from an Evolutionary Perspective

7 Reproduction 151

8 Nutritional and metabolic adaptation 179

9 Defence 211

10 Social organization and behaviour 233

Pt. 3 An Evolutionary Framework for Health and Disease

11 Evolutionary principles applied to medical practice 257

12 Coda: evolution, medicine, and society 277

Index 283

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