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Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

Randolph M. Nesse & George C. Williams
Item #: D80446
Pages/Publication Date: 290 / 1994
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679746744
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Why do pregnant women get morning sickness? When is a fever beneficial? And what evolutionary factors may be responsible for depression and panic disorder? Summarizing research on disorders ranging from allergies and Alzheimer's to cancer and Huntington's chorea, Randolph Nesse and George Willimas suggest here that the next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it's supposed to. In this groundbreaking book, these two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness—and the factors that predispose us toward it—are subject to the same laws of natural selection that make our bodies such miracles of design.

 

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