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Darwinian Medicine

Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

by Randolph M. Nesse, Md.
& George C. Williams, Md.

Review by William A. Spriggs
A ground-breaking book as it attempts to convince the general public and the medical profession that approaches to medical maladies as seen through evolutionary perspectives make common sense. This book took courage to write and I applaud the authors for doing so.

Here are a few excellent quotes from the preface:

"Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection as the explanation for the functional design of organisms is the foundation of almost everything in this book.  The discussion centers on the concept of adaptation by natural selection: Adaptations by which we combat pathogens, adaptations of pathogens that counter our adaptations, maladaptive but necessary costs of our adaptations, maladaptative mismatches between our body's design and our current environments, and so on." x.

"In addition to trying to make this book interesting and informative to a wide audience, we have tried to make it a preliminary but scientifically valid guide for physicians and researchers who are asking evolutionary questions in their own areas of expertise." xi.

This book should belong in everyone's library, in particular, all students that have a interest in the medical arts as a future endeavor. Highly recommended.

Vintage Books, Jan. 1996
ISBN: 0679746749

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Evolutionary Analysis
by Scott Freeman, Jon C. Herron 

Hardcover - 786 pages 1 edition (November 5, 1997)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0135680239 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.34 x 10.29 x 8.28
From the Back Cover
Designed to furnish a readable and balanced introduction to evolutionary biology. KEY TOPICS: This book emphasizes the interpretation of phylogenies (evolutionary trees) and the integration of molecular and developmental genetics with paleontology. It balances coverage between evolutionary processes and history of life (microevolution and macroevolution). Provides the most up-to-date information available, featuring many recent citations and an emphasis on recent, cutting-edge examples to illustrate broad concepts. For anyone interested in the biological sciences.
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Evolution of Infectious Disease
by Paul M. Ewald, Paul W. Ewald

Paperback Reprint edition (October 1996)
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0195111397 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 9.20 x 6.08

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Evolutionary Medicine
by Wenda Trevathan,(Editor),James J. McKenna,(Editor), Euclid O. Smith (Editor)

Paperback - 384 pages (May 1999)
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0195103564 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 9.13 x 6.05
Other Editions: Hardcover

Table of Contents
Foreword: Historical Overview
Michael H. Day
Is Neonatal Jaundice a Disease or an Adaptive Process?
John Brett
Susan Niermeyer
Infant Crying Behavior and Colic: An
Interpretation in Evolutionary Perspective Ronald G. Barr
Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Cosleeping in Relation to SIDS Prevention
James McKenna
Sarah Mosko
Chris Richard
Otitis Media: An Evolutionary Perspective
Hal J. Daniel
The Evolutionary Ecology of Childhood Asthma
A. Magdalena Hurtado
I. Arenas de Hurtado Robert Sapien
Kim Hill
Evolutionary Perspectives on the Onset of Puberty
Carol M. Worthman
Incest Avoidance: Clinical Implications of the Evolutionary Perspective
Mark T. Erickson
Evolutionary Obstetrics Wenda R. Trevathan
Darwinian Medicine and the Emergence of Allergy
Kathleen C. Barnes George J. Armelagos
Steven C. Morreale
Using Evolution as a Tool for Controlling
Infectious Diseases Paul W. Ewald
Evolutionary Control of HIV and Other
Sexually Transmitted Viruses Paul W. Ewald
Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited S. Boyd Eaton
S.B. Eaton
Melvin J. Konner
Human Evolution, Low Back Pain, and
Dual-Level Control Robert Anderson
What Darwinian Medicine Offers Psychiatry Randolph Nesse
Evolution, Substance Abuse, and Addiction E. O. Smith
Menopause in Evolutionary Perspective
Lynnette E. Leidy
Breast Cancer in Evolutionary Context S. Boyd Eaton
S. Boyd Eaton
Evolutionary Perspectives on Chronic
Degenerative Diseases
Linda M. Gerber
Douglas E. Crews
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Evolution in Health and Disease
by Stephen C. Stearns (Editor)

Paperback (December 1998)
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0198504454
Other Editions: Hardcover

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Darwinian Psychiatry
by Michael T. McGuire, Alfonso Troisi

Hardcover (April 1998)
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0195116739
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