The Resource Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease, Sharon Moalem ; with Jonathan Prince

Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease, Sharon Moalem ; with Jonathan Prince

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Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease
Title
Survival of the sickest
Title remainder
a medical maverick discovers why we need disease
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Sharon Moalem ; with Jonathan Prince
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Invites readers to change their perceptions about illness in order to understand disease as an essential component of the evolutionary process, citing the role of such malaises as diabetes, STDs, and the Avian Bird Flu in protecting the survival of the human race
  • Was diabetes evolutions response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on- or off? Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria. Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. When the option is a long life with a disease or a short one without it, evolution opts for disease almost every time. Everything from the climate our ancestors lived in to the crops they planted and ate to their beverage of choice can be seen in our genetic inheritance. But Survival of the Sickest doesnt stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives
  • Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth-and, especially, what that means for us. Also includes information on African Americans, aging, anemia, cancer, climate change, DNA, epigenetics, evolution, fava beans, favism, Guinea worm, hemochromatosis, immune system, iron, jumping genes, Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Latinos, malaria, maternal effect, methylation, mutations, Native Americans, pregnancy, sunlight, viruses, Younger Dryas, etc
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Moalem, Sharon
Dewey number
616/.042
Index
index present
LC call number
RB155
LC item number
.M59 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2007 C-748
  • QZ 50
NLM item number
M687s 2007
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Prince, Jonathan
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  • Disease susceptibility
  • Human evolution
  • Natural selection
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Biological Evolution
  • Genetic Variation
  • Survival
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Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease, Sharon Moalem ; with Jonathan Prince
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-253) and index
Contents
  • Hey, Bud, can you do me a fava?
  • ch. 5.
  • Of microbes and men
  • ch. 6.
  • Jump into the gene pool
  • ch. 7.
  • Methyl madness : road to the final phenotype
  • ch. 8.
  • That's life : why you and your iPod must die
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index
  • ch. 1
  • Ironing it out
  • ch. 2. A
  • spoonful of sugar helps the temperature go down
  • ch. 3. The
  • cholesterol also rises
  • ch. 4.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036952662
Label
Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease, Sharon Moalem ; with Jonathan Prince
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-253) and index
Contents
  • Hey, Bud, can you do me a fava?
  • ch. 5.
  • Of microbes and men
  • ch. 6.
  • Jump into the gene pool
  • ch. 7.
  • Methyl madness : road to the final phenotype
  • ch. 8.
  • That's life : why you and your iPod must die
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index
  • ch. 1
  • Ironing it out
  • ch. 2. A
  • spoonful of sugar helps the temperature go down
  • ch. 3. The
  • cholesterol also rises
  • ch. 4.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036952662

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