Understanding the body may be the ultimate extension of quantum physics and evolution. The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. I liked the focused introductions which set out what was to follow and the concise, objective, numbered summary points with which each chapter ends. Nor can medicine promote preventive action to help people maintain health without a profound knowledge of gene-environment interactions that were shaped in our distant past. Chapter 1: What is Evolution? Another hallmark of well written multi-author editions is the absence of repetition. Advances in the field of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology, and epidemiology have led to the growing realisation that incorporating evolutionary thinking is essential for medicine to achieve its full potential. That there is something of interest for everyone is its strength.
It will also be of relevance and use to medical researchers and doctors. Spine may show signs of wear. It argues that humans developed adaptations which led to enhanced fatigue resistance compared with other mammals and discusses the implications in the context of exercise, health and performance. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. From an evolutionary perspective, it is all but straightforward to assume that the human body is fraught with thousands of flaws that make us vulnerable to disease. Edited by: Gluckman P, Beedle A, Hanson M.
Review One of the signs I always look for when reviewing a book based on multiple authors is for some element of uniformity in the structure of the contributed chapters. On top of that, they had very few health services , especially in rural areas. The final section addresses anti-Darwinism, the creationist view and issues around teaching evolution in secondary schools. It is written to be accessible to a broad range of readers, whether or not they have had formal exposure to evolutionary science. Well, there is some repetition e.
This book is the first in-depth presentation of these insights. How can we stay healthy as we age? This ground-breaking book outlines the evidence that fatigue is a result of adaptations distinctive to humans. A has seen the process of growth and developments experienced in the health sector. Author by : Stephen C. By looking at what we know of human evolution and disease in relation to the diets that humans enjoy now and prehistorically, the book allows the reader to begin to truly understand the link between diet and disease in the Western world and move towards a greater knowledge of what can be defined as the optimal human diet. Originally produced in French Les Mondes Darwiniens , the scope and usefulness of the book have led to the production of this English text, to reach a wider audience. Selection has shaped the functional properties of organs over eons close to optimum to convey fitness advantages in terms of survival and reproduction.
Not surprisingly aging gets more than its fair share of attention. Hence, I am happy to report this book is a superlative effort. Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this book, and found little else to moan about. In my view, the book covers key. In the final part of the book we turn our attention to non-infectious conditions and degenerative diseases.
Caused by a , it was a global shock which demonstrated how quickly diseases can spread around the world. The society has taken a large stance in promoting abstinence in key issues related to sexual activities in the society. Each iswell-written, thought-stimulating, and expert. This revised and updated second edition of the first comprehensive textbook of evolutionary medicine explains the principles of evolutionary biology from a medical perspective and focuses on how medicine and public health might utilise evolutionary thinking. It also provides life-saving insights into the evolutionary responses of pathogens to antibiotics, vaccinations, and other human interventions. That there is something of interest for everyone is its strength. The approaches are not dramatic new discoveries, but an extension of well-established principles of anthropology and evolution.
When viewed from a Darwinian perspective, a pathogen is not simply a disease-causing agent, it is a self-replicating organism driven by evolutionary pressures to pass on as many copies of itself as possible. We a rapidly converging world where solutions cross all sectors of society. It was first isolated from a rhesus monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda in 1947 by scientists studying the closely related yellow fever virus. Written by a leading expert Covers all major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, stroke and dementia Details the benefits and risks associated with the Palaeolithic diet Draws conclusions on key topics including sustainable nutrition and the question of healthy eating This important book provides an exciting and useful insight into this fascinating subject area and will be of great interest to nutritionists, dietitians and other members of the health professions. A number of new clinical examples and historical illustrations are included.
But the jump to humans , a small omnivorous mammal. The general structure of the second edition remains unchanged, with the initial six chapters providing a summary of the evolutionary theory relevant to understanding human health and disease, using examples specifically relevant to medicine. The editor, Steven Stearns of the Zoological Institute of Basle, has forged a fine contribution. It is a smart yet accessible synopsis of exactly what the title offers. Our genetic makeup has been unable to keep pace with the rapid changes in diet, lifestyle and environment over the last few decades. This is the introductory part of the book. It is written to be accessible to a broad range of readers, whether or not they have had formal exposure to evolutionary science.
As a function of seeking to understanding this particular field of study in a more full and complete manner, this analysis will define, categorize, and explore some of the key realms within which evolutionary medicine has and continues to make valuable contributions to the medical community and treatment of disease. Why do we grow old? This research level text is suitable for graduate level students and researchers in the fields of evolutionary Darwinian medicine, evolutionary biology, anthropology, developmental biology and genetics. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to how we build and feed a global community of 9 billion and not cause an emerging disease disaster along the way. The E-mail message field is required. It will also be of relevance and use to medical researchers and doctors.
Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. Methodology: To conduct the entire literature review, various authentic journals, and existing. This work examines numerous examples of the extension of the principle of natural selection and provides the opportunity to critically reflect on a rich theory, on the methodological rigour that presides in its extensions and exportations, and on the necessity to measure its advantages and also its limits. Even more, for many clinicians it does not seem straightforward to accept a role of evolution in the understanding of disease, let alone, treatment and prevention. Clinical medicine has neglected the fact that the make-up of organs and body functions, as well as the human-specific repertoire of behaviors and defenses against pathogens or other potential dangers are the product of adaptation by natural and sexual selection. One reason for this lack of understanding is that we seldom consider fatigue from an evolutionary perspective - as an adaptation that provided reproductive success.