Principles of Evolutionary Medicineby Peter Gluckman, Alan Beedle, Mark Hanson
Pub. Date: 09/14/2009
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… See more details below
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 is 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.
Principles of Evolutionary Medicine is divided into three sections: the first provides a systematic approach to the principles of evolutionary biology as they apply to human health and disease, using examples specifically relevant to medicine. It incorporates chapters on evolutionary processes, molecular evolution, the evolution of humans, life history theory, and evolutionary-developmental biology. The second part illustrates the application of these principles to our understanding of nutrition and metabolism, reproduction, combatting infectious disease and stress, and human behaviour. The final section provides a general framework to show in practical terms how the principles of evolutionary medicine can be applied in medical practice and public health.
This novel textbook provides the necessary toolkit for doctors and other health professionals, medical students and biomedical scientists, as well as anthropologists interested in human health, to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary processes underlying human health and disease.
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Table of Contents
2. Evolutionary Theory
3. The Molecular Basis of Variation and Inheritance
4. Evolution and Development
5. Evolution of Life Histories
6. Human Evolution and the Origins of Human Diversity
8. Nutritional and Metabolic Adaptation
10. Social Organisation and Behaviour
11. Evolutionary Principles Applied to Medical Practice
12. Coda: Evolution, Medicine, and Society
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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!!