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Integrating Evolutionary Biology into Medical Education: for maternal and child healthcare students, clinicians, and scientists

Jay Schulkin and Michael Power


Clinicians and scientists are increasingly recognising the importance of an evolutionary perspective in studying the aetiology, prevention, and treatment of human disease; the growing prominence of genetics in medicine is further adding to the interest in evolutionary medicine. In spite of this, too few medical students or residents study evolution. This book builds a compelling case for integrating evolutionary biology into undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, as well as its intrinsic value to medicine. Chapter by chapter, the authors – experts in anthropology, biology, ecology, ... More

Keywords: Medical education, evolutionary medicine, life history, pregnancy, female reproductive biology, child birth, developmental plasticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Schulkin, editor
Research Professor, Georgtown University, Department of Neuroscience

Michael Power, editor
Animal Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin

Section I Life History: Biological and Cultural Continuity

Chapter 3 Evolutionary Medicine and Women’s Reproductive Health

Wenda R. Trevathan and Karen R. Rosenberg

Chapter 4 Optimizing Maternal-Infant Health

Alison M. Stuebe and Kristin P. Tully

Section II Biological Regulation

Chapter 7 The Functions of MicroRNA in Female Reproduction

Michael L. Power, Caroline W. Quaglieri, Eda G. Reed, and Jay Schulkin

Section III Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future

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