evolutionary medicine


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A new discipline that tries to bridge the gaps between medical anthropology, paleoanthropology, and modern medicine, using as its tools the study of genetic relationships between hunter-gatherers and various Stone Age surrogates—e.g., !Kung San of Botswana

evolutionary medicine

A paradigm for medical education and study based on the recognition that a failure to take due account of evolution when viewing human physiology, psychology, pathology and anatomy will result in a truncated, less valid and less fruitful understanding. It should, for instance, be recognized that the biological norm for infants and children is to be exposed to many infections-a condition that may be necessary for the ‘normal’ development of the immune system; and that since throughout almost the whole of human evolution life expectancy has been no more than about 30 years, systems have evolved which are largely indifferent to conditions that do not arise until well after that age. There is good reason to believe that affluence may have much more widespread malign effects than merely obesity and that these may include greatly increased susceptibility to various cancers.
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medical school offers a course on evolutionary medicine, and not one maintains a department of evolutionary biology or has a single faculty member specializing in evolutionary perspectives on healthcare.
A mathematician and specialist in connections between diet and health, Brock and evolutionary biologist and botanist Diggs (both Austin College, Sherman, Texas) have been at the forefront in the overlapping fields of evolutionary medicine and ancestral health.
Frank Ruhli, Head of the Center for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, said that it might appear as an obvious conclusion but it isn't, as Charlemagne was exhumed and reburied many times with parts of his body given away as relics, so identifying his skeleton is not an easy task, Discovery News reported.
A Talk With Robb Wolf: Introduction to the Paleo Diet and Evolutionary Medicine 5:00 p.
I draw from the rich tradition of Chinese medicine as well as modern insights from evolutionary medicine and ecopsychology to help you reestablish a state of wellness in your life.
Evolutionary medicine and the evolution of behavior get their own chapters as well.
Very few Americans are exposed to high enough levels to cause health problems," reveals physician William Meller, an evolutionary medicine specialist and author of Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing.
William Meller, an expert in evolutionary medicine.
The editors have even allowed a dissenting voice: Jonathan Marks gives his reasons for doubting the need for evolutionary medicine.
A principle tenet of evolutionary medicine is to distinguish between clinical signs which are host defences, and those which are pathogen offences, or manifestations of some defect in the host.
This account proceeds all the way to cutting-edge advances in areas such as evolutionary medicine and genetics.
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