Evolutionary Medicine and Health New Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0195307062

ISBN-13: 9780195307061

Edition: 2008

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Building on the success of their groundbreaking anthology Evolutionary Medicine (OUP, 1999), Wenda R. Trevathan, E. O. Smith, and James J. McKenna provide an up-to-date and thought-provoking introduction to the field with this new collection of essays. Ideal for courses in evolutionary medicine, medical anthropology, and the evolution of human disease, Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives presents twenty-three original articles that examine how human evolution relates to a broad range of contemporary health problems including infectious, chronic, nutritional, and mental diseases and disorders. Topics covered include disease susceptibility in cultural context, substance abuse and addiction, sleep disorders, preeclampsia, altitude-related hypoxia, the biological context of menstruation, and the role of stress in modern life. An international team of preeminent scholars in biological anthropology, medicine, biology, psychology, and geography contributed the selections. Together they represent a uniquely integrative and multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the dialogue between biology and culture as it relates to understanding, treating, and preventing disease. A common theme throughout is the description of cases in which biological human development conflicts with culturally based individual behaviors that determine health outcomes. Detailed, evidence-based arguments make the case that all aspects of the human condition covered in the volume have an evolutionary basis, while theoretical discussions using other empirical evidence critique the gaps that still remain in evolutionary approaches to health. Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives features an introductory overview that covers the field's diverse array of topics, questions, lines of evidence, and perspectives. In addition, the editors provide introductions to each essay and an extensive bibliography that represents a state-of-the-art survey of the literature. A companion website at www.oup.com/us/evolmed offers a full bibliography and links to source articles, reports, and databases. Written in an engaging style that is accessible to students, professionals, and general readers, this book offers a unique look at how an evolutionary perspective has become increasingly relevant to the health field and medical practice.
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Book details

List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Wenda Trevathan is Regents Professor (Emerita) of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, where she taught from 1983 to 2009. She is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural factors underlying human reproduction, including childbirth, maternal behavior, sexuality, and menopause. Her primary publications include works on the evolution of childbirth and evolutionary medicine. Her most recent book is ANCIENT BODIES, MODERN LIVES: HOW EVOLUTION HAS SHAPED WOMEN'S HEALTH (2010, Oxford University Press). She has taught courses in physical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, medical anthropology, evolutionary medicine, and anthropology of reproduction.

Preface
Contributors
Background Wenda Trevathan
An Overview of Evolutionary Medicine
Politics, Nutrition, and Diet
Human Evolution, Diet, and Nutrition: When the Body Meets the BuffetLeslie
Diabesity and Darwinian Medicine: The Evolution of an Epidemic Iver Mysterud
To Eat, or What Not To Eat: A Critique of the Official Norwegian Dietary Guidelines
Cow's Milk Consumption and Health: An Evolutionary Perspective
Sex, Reproduction, And Health
Not by Bread Alone: The Role of Psychosocial Stress in Age at First Reproduction and in Health Inequalities
Early Life Effects on Reproductive Function
Impaired Reproductive Function in Women in Western and "Westernizing" Populations: An Evolutionary Approach Lynnette
Should Women Menstruate? An Evolutionary Perspective on Menstrual-Suppressing Oral Contraceptives Caroline Doyle
An Evolutionary Perspective on Premenstrual Syndrome: Implications for Investigating Infectious Causes of Chronic Disease Pierre-Yves Robillard
The Possible Role of Eclampsia/Preeclampsia in the Evolution of Human Reproduction
Environments, Normality, and Lifetime Health
Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Sleep Proximity: Implications for Infant Care
Why Words Can Hurt Us: Social Relationships, Stress, and Health
Why Are We Vulnerable To Acute Mountain Sickness?
Evolution and Modern Behavioral Problems: The Case of Addiction
After Dark: The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Sleep
Chronic Diseases, Old Treatments, and More Misunderstanding
Evolutionary Medicine and Obesity: Developmental Adaptive Responses in Human Body Composition
The Developmental Origins of Adult Health: Intergenerational Inertia in Adaptation and Disease
An Evolutionary Perspective on the Causes of Chronic Diseases: Atherosclerosis as an Illustration
Genes, Geographic Ancestry, and Disease Susceptibility: Applications of Evolutionary Medicine to Clinical Settings
From Ancient Seas to Modern Disease: Evolution and Congestive Heart Failure
Evolution at the Intersection of Biology and Medicine
The Importance of Evolution for Medicine
References
Endnotes
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