Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

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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.

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"How often has anyone said after reading a textbook, "Wow, what a great read!"? That is what I just did. Peter Gluckman, along with Alan Beedle and Mark Hanson, have written a wonderful introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology and defined ways in which these principles can be applied to understanding human disease."—JAMA

"Principles of Evolutionary Medicine is the first specifically designed as a textbook appropriate for medical students and medical schools, and it succeeds brilliantly."—Science

"Clearly written and well presented...this book will be of great value and is strongly recommended for medical training as well as for a more general audience. It is my hope that it will contribute to a greater interest in evolutionary biology among medical students and improve interdisciplinary awareness." — Nicole Bender, Institute of Social & Preventative Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland, for The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199236381
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Peter D. Gluckman FRS is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology, Director of the Liggins Institute for Medical Research and Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research encompasses paediatric endocrinology, the developmental origins of health and disease, the evolutionary-developmental biology interface, and evolutionary medicine. He has published over 400 refereed papers, 150 reviews and edited several books and is inventor on over 25 families of patents. He has received New Zealand's highest scientific honour, the Rutherford Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2001, and is a foreign member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK.

Professor Mark Hanson is BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Science and Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences and the DOHaD Division at the University of Southampton School of Medicine. He is current President of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. He has worked in developmental physiology and its applications to medicine for about 25 years. He has taught a range of undergraduate medical courses and supervised many postgraduate students, both basic and clinical scientists, and established collaborations with clinical colleagues across a range of disciplines. His current research interests extend from developmental epigenetics to epidemiology, public health and evolutionary biology. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, authored or edited 9 books, two with Peter Gluckman aimed at a general scientific audience. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists for services to developmental physiology.

Dr. Alan S. Beedle is Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He is a biochemist who became a professional science editor and writer. He has held senior positions in scientific and medical publishing in the UK, Europe and New Zealand, and has been editor of several high-impact journals in the biomedical sciences. Alan advises members of the Institute on publication strategy, and also has research interests in the application of evolutionary and developmental biology to human health and disease.

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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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

    I have finished reading a textbook that I found very interesting, so much that it was hard to put down, and so explanatory that it just leave me with the need to know more. The book published by Oxford Press just last year 2009 is a tour de force for information about human evolution and how it relates to medicine. It is written by Peter Gluckman and Alan Beedle both from the Centre for Human Evolution, Adaptation and Disease, Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand and by Mark Hanson of the Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southamptom, UK. It goes through evolutionary theory involving the molecular basis of variation and inheritance, development, epigenomics, life histories and understanding the origins of humans and diversity. Then it relates that to reproduction, nutrition, disease, social and psychological aspects of our existence. Simply a masterful exploration of one of the hottest topics in medicine right now, Evolutionary Medicine. Get It!!

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