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Author Moalem, Sharon.

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

Publication Info. New York : William Morrow, [2007]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Hanover Twp Lib Stacks - HNLY-13  616.042 MOA    AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Non-Fiction - NLBB-1  616.042 MOA    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  616.042 MOA    AVAILABLE
 Reddick Lib Adult Non Fiction - RLBB-3  616.042 MOA    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Southwest Branch Adult Non-Fiction - RISG-1  616.042 MOA    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 267 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [211]-253) and index.
Contents Introduction -- ch. 1 Ironing it out -- ch. 2. A spoonful of sugar helps the temperature go down -- ch. 3. The cholesterol also rises -- ch. 4. 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 -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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 evolutionʼs 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 doesnʼt 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.
Subject Disease susceptibility -- Genetic aspects.
Human evolution.
Natural selection.
Genetic Predisposition to Disease.
Genetic Variation.
Survival -- physiology.
Added Author Prince, Jonathan.
ISBN 9780060889654

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