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Survival of the Sickest

A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

By Sharon Dr. Moalem, Jonathan Prince (With)

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 February 2007
In this groundbreaking and absorbing book, wunderkind Dr. Sharon Moalem delves back into the evolution of man to reveal hitherto unknown and astonishing ways the human body is built to survive. With this revolutionary new book, Sharon Moalem completely turns modern medicine's understanding of disease on it's head. "It is not," he argues, "that dark country to which we're exiled when we're not 'healthy.' The truth, I intend to show you, is much more interesting and encouraging." His research will reveal that many common diseases are in fact complicated blessings. In considering the question of why diseases exist, Moalem proposes that most common diseases came into existence for very good reasons. Diabetes, hemochromatosis, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia all may exist because at some point they helped our ancestors survive some grand challenge to human existence. In turn, he also discovered that genetic and cultural differences have led to each race having different and unique ways of reacting to their environment and subsequently how they become susceptible to certain diseases. With mesmerizing insight, Moalem demonstrates how diabetes may be a by-product of a mechanism that helped humans survive the Ice Age, why African Americans living in the north might suffer from vitamin D deficiencies, and why Asians can't drink as much alcohol as Europeans. Information in this book is extremely timely, such as Moalem's exploration of the Avian Flu, a disease that threatens to be the world's next great pandemic. Revelatory and written in an utterly engaging fashion, Sharon Moalem's book will change the way we think about our own bodies.

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/ Key title In this groundbreaking and absorbing book, wunderkind Dr. Sharon Moalem delves back into the evolution of man to reveal hitherto unknown and astonishing ways the human body is built to survive. / This is a groundbreaking and engaging popular science book, in the mould of 'Freakonomics' and 'The Tipping Point'. / Contains revolutionary ideas about the way humans have developed and how different cultures lead to different biological strengths and weaknesses. / The ideas in the book will create a great buzz and attract huge amounts of publicity. / The author is already creating a high media profile for himself, with articles in the Guardian and Independent

EAN: 9780007236107
ISBN: 0007236107
Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Sharon Moalem has a Ph.D. in the emerging fields of neurogenetics and evolutionary medicine. His research has discovered a new genetic association for familial Alzheimer disease. He has also published on the adaptive advantages of the genetic mutations that cause Hemochromatosis. Previous to that he studied how bees make their own antibiotics when they get sick as well as how plants clean up a toxic waste by extracting metals from the soil.

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