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Evolutionary Medicine

Evolutionary Medicine - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195103564

Cover of Evolutionary Medicine 99 (ISBN 978-0195103564)
ISBN13: 978-0195103564
ISBN10: 0195103564
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Evolutionary Medicine - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195103564

Wenda Trevathan

ISBN13: 978-0195103564
ISBN10: 0195103564
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Human biology reflects our long history as hunter-gatherers. For example, to cope with a variable food supply, we evolved the ability to consume extra calories and store them efficiently as fat. Now that most humans live very differently, this adaptation is often a disadvantage. Evolutionary medicine, an exciting new multidisciplinary field, looks at such conflicts between our biological traits and contemporary culture. It provides deep insights into a wide range of aspects of human health and biology, from childhood asthma and infant crying to breast cancer, aging, and menopause. The approach is uncovering both causes and treatments and will be an essential aspect of medical research well into the next century. This volume is a comprehensive survey of the field and contains work by such leaders as Paul Ewald, Melvin Konner, and Randolph Nesse. Topics include anxieties and phobias, substance abuse, SIDS, high-blood pressure, obesity, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, sensory disorders, and reproductive disorders including cancers. Useful as a supplementary textbook for a variety of courses, this book will prove an invaluable resource in medicine, biology, anthropology, and psychology.

Author Bio

Trevathan, Wenda R. : New Mexico State University Main Campus

Table of Contents

Foreword: Historical Overview, Michael H. Day
Contributors
Introduction


1. Is Neonatal Jaundice a Disease or an Adaptive Process?, John Brett and Susan Niermeyer
2. Infant Crying Behavior and Colic: An Interpretation in Evolutionary Perspective, Ronald G. Barr
3. Evolutionary Pediatrics and Implications for SIDS, James McKenna, Sarah Mosko, and Chris Richard
4. Otitis Media: An Evolutionary Perspective, Hal J. Daniel III
5. The Evolutionary Ecology of Childhood Asthma, A. Magdalena Hurtado, I. Arenas de Hurtado, Robert Sapien, and Kim Hill
6. Evolutionary Perspectives on the Onset of Puberty, Carol M. Worthman
7. Incest Avoidance: Clinical Implications of the Evolutionary Perspective, Mark T. Erickson
8. Evolutionary Obstetrics, Wenda R. Trevathan
9. Darwinian Medicine and the Emergence of Allergy, Kathleen C. Barnes, George J. Armelagos, and Steven C. Morreale
10. Using Evolution as a Tool for Controlling Infectious Diseases, Paul W. Ewald
11. Evolutionary Control of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Viruses, Paul W. Ewald
12. Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited, S. Boyd Eaton, S. B. Eaton III, and Melvin J. Konner
13. Human Evolution, Low Back Pain, and Dual-Level Control, Robert Anderson
14. What Darwinian Medicine Offers Psychiatry, Randolph Nesse
15. Evolution, Substance Abuse, and Addiction, E. O. Smith
16. Menopause in Evolutionary Perspective, Lynnette E. Leidy
17. Breast Cancer in Evolutionary Context, S. Boyd Eaton and S. Boyd Eaton III
18. Evolutionary Perspectives on Chronic Degenerative Diseases, Linda M. Gerber and Douglas E. Crews

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