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# Highly Recommended《Bran-New + A New Way of thinking About Illness》Dr Randolph M. Nesse & Dr George William - WHY WE GET SICK : The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

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This New York Times bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM79.43. Now here Only at RM22. The next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it's supposed to. Is our tendency to "fix" our bodies with medicine keeping them from working exactly as they're supposed to? Two pioneers of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness is part and parcel of the evolutionary system and as such, may be helping us to evolve towards better adaptation to our environment. In this ground-breaking book, two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness as well as the factors that predispose us toward it are subject to the same laws of natural selection that otherwise make our bodies such miracles of design. Among the concerns they raise: ● When may a fever be beneficial? ● Why do pregnant women get morning sickness? ● How do certain viruses "manipulate" their hosts into infecting others? ● What evolutionary factors may be responsible for depression and panic disorder? Deftly summarizing research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's, and form cancer to Huntington's chorea, Why We Get Sick, answers these questions and more. The result is a book that will revolutionize our attitudes toward illness and will intrigue and instruct lay person and medical practitioners alike. Offering new insights on the failure of evolution to eradicate disease, psychiatrist Nesse and ecologist Williams offer numerous suggestions on why certain seemingly negative traits have not been eliminated through natural selection. A brief discussion of the basics of evolution is provided, along with examples of how the theory of natural selection may relate to aging, cancer, allergies, and other diseases. One particularly intriguing chapter is devoted to the possibility of an evolutionary contribution to psychological disorders such as excessive anxiety or depression. The answers are in this groundbreaking book by two founders of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine, who deftly synthesize the latest research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's and from cancer to Huntington's chorea. Why We Get Sick compels readers to reexamine the age-old attitudes toward sickness. Line drawings. Why We Get Sick" is an interesting title, since the question plagues each chapter. Evolutionary medicine concerns the "why" questions of medicine and health, as opposed to the "what" or "how" questions focused on in regular medical practice. Evolutionary medicine tries to put health in an evolutionary context, and humans in relation to their evolutionary past; all wonderfully worthy goals. Yet, the problem with this approach is that there is simply too much we don't know; evolutionary medicinal research constantly tries to bring theorizing into the realm of testability, and often fails. Hence, the greatest strength of this book is actually its greatest weakness. Nesse & Williams know their shit, yet because of that, they are hesitant to actually provide firm claims to knowledge. This is a good thing! But, it also brings the title of the book into question. Why do we get sick? answer: we're still working on that, but in the meantime there has been a lot of cool and interesting research that provides clues. If you go into this book expecting hard answers, you will be disappointed; however, if you go into the book expecting interesting questions and thought-provoking clues about how medicine relates to the humans as evolutionary animals, then you will be very pleased. This book makes a wonderful introduction into the world of evolutionary medicine, and would be a great companion book to something like Evolutionary Medicine, A Planet of Viruses, or Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures. We like to study history because the past can give us clues about the future; bio-medicine is no different, and looking into the human evolutionary past can provide wonderful clues about the human future. About the Author Randolph M Nesse, M.D., is a practicing physcian and professor and associate chair for education and academic affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. George C. Williams, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of ecology and evolution at the State University at Stony Brook and editor of The Quarterly Review of Biology.

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