The Story of the Human Body

The Story of the Human Body

Evolution, Health, and Disease

Book - 2013
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A Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an engaging discussion of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fueling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307379412
Characteristics: xii, 460 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Feb 01, 2018

Relies on evidence to tell the history of human evolution when available, otherwise postulates developments based on evolutionary theory e.g. explanation for investment of surplus energy into production of brainier offspring in archaic homo. Sometimes this appears just a little too convenient. Very careful to differentiate what is known vs. hypothetical. Details the source and mechanisms of several diseases than develops an argument why an evolutionary perspective can prevent or perhaps reverse these conditions. Occasionally makes tentative recommendations that border on medical advice e.g. chew gum to enhance jaw growth, follow anti biotics with pro biotics. Well organised, each chapter and section introduces, elaborates and re-caps. Extensive annotation. Very easy to read with minimal technical language.

tannazjp Jan 03, 2015

Easy to read and interesting :)

Jan 10, 2014

An anthropological review of our homin ancestors and their eating habits is followed by a discussion of the effects of the agricultural revolution on our bodies and the diseases it generated. The last half of the book discusses the diseases and conditions which we suffer today because of the mismatch between our lifestyles and the bodies we inherited from our hunter gatherer ancestors. I found it interesting that modern hunter gatherer seldom suffer from these diseases and conditions.

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