Our bodies and body processes evolved to allow our ancestors the best chance of survival as hunter-gatherers in the Savannah. Our brains, on the other hand, have evolved intelligence, imagination, and foresight, allowing us to leave all other creatures behind, and develop complex societies, cultures, and lifestyles, far removed from those of our ancestors.
Published February 14th 2008 by OUP Oxford
(first published September 28th 2006)
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This isn't what I was hoping for. It reads like a collection of different case studies and the authors don't attempt to make a broad message until the last few pages. I really wanted them to bring it all together and I felt like they failed at that task. It's like a long research paper with plentiful evidence but no discussion or conclusion sections.
Like the Sherpas in the rarefied-air iodine-deprived foothills of the Himalayas, citizens of developed-world countries live in an environment that is poorly suited to human nature. Zoo animals often live much longer than wild animals; we live in the zoo of our own creation, so a great many more people live to be old than was the case during almost all of human history. The mismatch between biological puberty and social maturity has never been greater. This is all true, but something like 5 milli...more
Mar 25, 2011 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A great introduction to the field of Evolutionary Medicine from a non-technical perspective. For anyone with a good knowledge of human evolution, the middle of the book can be tiring as it overviews the fossil record - but the application of evolutionary principles of human biology and health are highly thought-provoking; should be required reading for medical doctors.