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Principles of Evolutionary Medicine 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"How often has anyone said after reading a textbook, "Wow, what a great read!"? That is what I just did. Peter Gluckman, along with Alan Beedle and Mark Hanson, have written a wonderful introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology and defined ways in which these principles can be applied to understanding human disease."--JAMA

"Principles of Evolutionary Medicine is the first specifically designed as a textbook appropriate for medical students and medical schools, and it succeeds brilliantly."--Science

"Clearly written and well presented...this book will be of great value and is strongly recommended for medical training as well as for a more general audience. It is my hope
that it will contribute to a greater interest in evolutionary biology among medical students and improve interdisciplinary awareness." -- Nicole Bender, Institute of Social & Preventative Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland, for The Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Professor Peter D. Gluckman FRS is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology, Director of the Liggins Institute for Medical Research and Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research encompasses paediatric endocrinology, the developmental origins of health and disease, the evolutionary-developmental biology interface, and evolutionary medicine. He has published over 400 refereed papers, 150 reviews and edited several books and is inventor on over 25 families of patents. He has received New Zealand's highest scientific honour, the Rutherford Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2001, and is a foreign member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK.

Professor Mark Hanson is BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Science and Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences and the DOHaD Division at the University of Southampton School of Medicine. He is current President of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. He has worked in developmental physiology and its applications to medicine for about 25 years. He has taught a range of undergraduate medical courses and supervised many postgraduate students, both basic and clinical scientists, and established collaborations with clinical colleagues across a range of disciplines. His current research interests extend from developmental epigenetics to epidemiology, public health and evolutionary biology. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, authored or edited 9 books, two with Peter Gluckman aimed at a general scientific audience. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists for services to developmental physiology.

Dr. Alan S. Beedle is Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He is a biochemist who became a professional science editor and writer. He has held senior positions in scientific and medical publishing in the UK, Europe and New Zealand, and has been editor of several high-impact journals in the biomedical sciences. Alan advises members of the Institute on publication strategy, and also has research interests in the application of evolutionary and developmental biology to human health and disease.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199236399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199236398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James S. Kelley on July 14, 2011
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Well-written,well-edited, full of interesting information. This book is not easily summarized since there is hardly a wasted sentence. The only problem may be the intended audience. I have a medical background but not enough genetics to spoil the plot. It is pitched within the range of a "lay" audience but not all may find it as fascinating. Probably too elementary for a geneticist,too complex for a middle schooler. Everyone else should read this book. It would win an oscar in it's category.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. L on September 11, 2010
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Bought this book for an undergrad course in a new growing way of applying medicine. Its a great introductory text, especially by linking genetics and the bigger picture of medicine, disease, and evaluating disease. A must consider for future doctors, especially with the idea that genetics plays a larger role in disease risk!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Omalley on December 26, 2012
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The overview of evolution and genetics goes up to page 150 or so. This is more than half the text. There was a certain amount of repetition in the remainder as well. Many examples get brought up multiple times.

It wasn't poorly written though. My theory is that evolutionary medicine has just not developed as a field to really support such an introductory textbook.
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As far as textbooks go, this is an engaging read. It starts with an overview of the fundamentals of evolution, applies these concepts to the human and medical world, and finally expresses how evolutionary biology can change how we view the natural, material world. In particular, the text identifies ultimate causes for diseases (the domain of Darwinian or evolutionary medicine), which are differentiated from proximal causes of diseases (the domain of modern medical practice).

Note: Required text for BIO 350 at SBU.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Carranza-Lira on October 1, 2011
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Evolutionary medicine is a very interesting matter. This book help in an easy way to understand this theme, I really recommend it.
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