Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicineby Randolph M. Nesse, George C. Williams
The answers are in this groundbreaking book by two founders of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine, who deftly synthesize the latest research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's and from cancer to Huntington's chorea. Why We Get Sick compels readers to reexamine the age-old attitudes toward sickness. Line drawings.
"In moving the focus from 'how' to 'why' questions, Nesse and Williams introduce readers to a new way of thinking about illness, one that promises to be of increasing interest as...our culture turns toward evolutionary explanations for human predicaments."--Peter D. Kramer, author of Listening to Prozac
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Meet the Author
Randolph M Nesse, M.D., is a practicing physcian and professor and associate chair for education and academic affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.
George C. Williams, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of ecology and evolution at the State University at Stony Brook and editor of The Quarterly Review of Biology.
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Kathleen Mr. Virzi Enviromental I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Why We Get Sick" by Randolph M. Nesse, M.D, and George C. Williams, PH.D. Essentially the book goes over how evolution may be the reason for many of the genetic diseases and disorders known today, as well as how bacteria and viruses evolve. The main topics discussed in this book were genes, DNA, and evolution. I found this book to be incredibly informative and intriguing. This was definitely the perfect book choice for me, because I find evolution fascinating and how evolution can lead to adaptations that still exist today. I believe that the knowledge of evolution is key to understanding how and why our bodies work the way that they do. Another aspect about this book that I found interesting was that in the end the author related many mental disorders to evolution and how at some point, certain mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and even child abuse, may have been an advantage to many humans. I find it interesting how some adaptations at certain times in history could be so beneficial at that time, but other times, such as the present they can become burdens. I find evolution and genetics to be incredibly fascinating and I don't think I can ever learn enough about them and this book did a fantastic job at explaining the information in a way that was intriguing and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about genetics and evolution, as well as some of histories past illnesses and plagues and how they became so powerful. I give this book a thumbs up and a rating of 9 out of 10. It was well written, and even though it was packed with information it was easy and clear to understand. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
Gives a whole new perspective on disease and nutrition. Very enlightening.
Overall this is an excellent book for anyone interested in why our bodies (in particular our immune system) does what is does in response viral and bacterial infectious disease. In addition the book also discusses mental illness. The book stands apart from other scientific text in that it looks at sickness in the light of evolution. It takes human evolutionary history (millions of years) into account to understand the ultimate cause of sickness and not just the proximate cause. The book will expand your level of thinking and teach you to think at a higher level when it comes to answering questions about why we even have disease and sickness. I also picked up some helpful pointers on how I can improve my health and take care of my body, although the main point of this book is Darwinian Medicine and not a guide on nutrition and wellness. I think this is a must read for anyone interested in medicine or health related field, especially immunology.
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This book goes out and says that evolution is real and indirectly says thats there is no one true God. I know there is and if you are a christian then i hope you never have to read this book