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Evolution in Health and Disease
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Evolution in Health and Disease

Stephen C. Stearns and Jacob C. Koella


It is now increasingly acknowledged that an evolutionary perspective can give us important new insights into issues central to medical research and practice. This fully revised and updated edition, which consists of roughly 95% new material, contains contributions from leading researchers who provide a fresh summary of this rapidly expanding field. It takes a broad approach to the subject, discussing medically relevant research from evolutionary genetics, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary epidemiology, the evolution of aging, and any other biological disciplines where evolutionary approaches ... More

Keywords: human history, human genetic variation, evolutionary conflicts, reproduction, spontaneous abortion, antibiotic resistance, virulence, vaccination risks, cancer, autoimmune disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen C. Stearns, editor
Yale University

Jacob C. Koella, editor
Imperial College London



Part I Introduction

Part II The history and variation of human genes

Part III Natural selection and evolutionary conflicts

Part IV Pathogens: resistance, virulence, variation, and emergence

Part V Noninfectious and degenerative disease

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