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Evolution and Medicine

Robert Perlman


This book provides an introduction to the new field of evolutionary medicine. Evolutionary concepts help explain why we remain vulnerable to disease, how pathogens and cancer cells evolve, and how the diseases that affected our evolutionary ancestors have shaped our biology. This book interweaves the presentation of evolutionary concepts with examples that illustrate how these concepts enhance our understanding of disease. It discusses the theory of evolution by natural selection, the genetic basis of evolutionary change, evolutionary life history theory, developmental plasticity, and host-pat ... More

Keywords: demography, developmental plasticity, host-pathogen coevolution, life history theory, man-made diseases, natural selection, population health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Perlman, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics and the College, University of Chicago