Evolutionary Medicine

ISBN-10: 0195103564
ISBN-13: 9780195103564
Edition: 1999
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List price: $63.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Evolution is the single most important idea in modern biology, shedding light on virtually every biological question, from the shape of orchid blossoms to the distribution of species across the planet. Until recently, however, the theory has had little impact on medical research or practice. Evolutionary Medicine shows how this is beginning to change. Collecting work from leaders in the field, this volume describes an array of new and innovative approaches to human health that are based on an appreciation of our long evolutionary history. For example, it shows how evolution helps to explain the complex relationship between our immune systems and the virulence and transmission of human viruses. It also shows how comparisons between how we live today and how our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived thousands of years ago illuminate a variety of contemporary ills, including obesity, lower-back pain, and insomnia. Evolutionary Medicine covers issues at every stage of life, from infancy (colic, jaundice, SIDS, parent-infant sleep struggles, ear infections, breast-feeding, asthma) to adulthood (sexually transmitted diseases, depression, overeating, addictions, child abuse, cardiovascular disease, breast and ovarian cancer) to old age (osteoporosis, geriatric sleep problems). Written for a wide range of students and researchers in medicine, anthropology, and psychology, it is an invaluable guide to this rapidly developing field.

James J. McKenna, Ph.D. was the first scientist to undertake sleep laboratory physiological studies of both mothers and infants. He directs the Mother-Baby-Behavioral Sleep Laboratory and is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. One of the leading authorities on infant-parent cosleep and especially bedsharing, he is a sought-after speaker at medical, parenting, and policy conferences around the world. In 2008, Dr. McKenna was inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Fellow, specifically to his work on preventing and protecting infants from SIDS.

Foreword: Historical Overview
Contributors
Introduction
Is Neonatal Jaundice a Disease or an Adaptive Process?
Infant Crying Behavior and Colic: An Interpretation in Evolutionary Perspective
Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Cosleeping in Relation to SIDS Prevention
Otitis Media: An Evolutionary Perspective
The Evolutionary Ecology of Childhood Asthma
Evolutionary Perspectives on the Onset of Puberty
Incest Avoidance: Clinical Implications of the Evolutionary Perspective
Evolutionary Obstetrics
Darwinian Medicine and the Emergence of Allergy
Using Evolution as a Tool for Controlling Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary Control of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Viruses
Paleolithic Nutrition Revisited
Human Evolution, Low Back Pain, and Dual-Level Control
What Darwinian Medicine Offers Psychiatry
Evolution, Substance Abuse, and Addiction
Menopause in Evolutionary Perspective
Breast Cancer in Evolutionary Context
Evolutionary Perspectives on Chronic Degenerative Diseases
Index

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