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Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
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Sep 20, 2009

it was ok
Read in September, 2009

The thesis sounds interesting, but the author doesn't provide very many examples, and for those he does, the evidence is speculative at best.
Do people have diabetes today because it "may" have helped during the ice age?
Prove it.

While he tries to explain the past, he offers no ideas as to how things may change now that the ice age is over and plague is rare.

He cites his sources, but if you check them out, many turn out to be ordinary newspapers like US Today.
These are not valid sources of scientific discovery/information.
He reminds me of Susan Faludy in that style of "research".

The author has a smart-alecky style of writing at times that makes me think he's writing for a 12 year old audience.

There are better books on evolution and medicine.
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