Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest

A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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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. 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. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't 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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060889661
Branch Call Number: 616.042 MOALEM
Characteristics: xvi, 267 p. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 20, 2016

Two thumbs up!

Dec 15, 2015

This was absolutely fascinating, and very interesting compared to the many ways people only think of "bad" diseases. Fully enjoyed.

Aug 31, 2015

“Survival of the Silliest” by P.Z. Myers, posted 17-12-2007 . . . from . . Pharyngula . . . . . .
and . . .
“Yup, still a problem” 19-04-2007
from: . . .

Jul 17, 2012

I absolutely loved this book. It offers a very interesting look on how the diseases that plague us today actually helped to keep us alive in the past. You don't need to have any advanced knowledge in biology to understand it, though I discovered that my biology class in high school really helped me to make connections with certain functions and draw further knowledge from it.

A word of warning, it does tend to jump around a bit, but I found that after awhile it allowed for more understanding and connections. Overall, a fantastic book that is fairly easy to understand!


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