Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine


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The next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it’s supposed to. In this ground-breaking book, two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness as well as the factors that predispose us toward it are subject to the same laws of natural selection that otherwise make our bodies such miracles of design.  Among the concerns they raise:

When may a fever be beneficial?
Why do pregnant women get morning sickness?
How do certain viruses “manipulate” their hosts into infecting others?
What evolutionary factors may be responsible for depression and panic disorder?

Deftly summarizing research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer’s, and form cancer to Huntington’s chorea, Why We Get Sick, answers these questions and more.  The result is a book that will revolutionize our attitudes toward illness and will intrigue and instruct lay person and medical practitioners alike.

Why We Get Sick

I occurred onto this charming title, Why We Get Sick Sick, with the similarly interesting caption of The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. The book, composed by a Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan and an Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook, takes a gander at sickness from the perspective of the developmental biologist.

About Why We Get Sick

Why hasn’t Natural Selection idealized a human body that is impenetrable to illness as well as invested with fixed abilities to oppose the maturing system? The creators note the mystery of a human body with its exceptional intricacy and accuracy troubled with striking instances of imperfections and frailties – – all because of the course of Darwinian regular choice. In the creators’ view, regular choice outcomes in a heap of compromises.


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