Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest

A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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Invites readers to change their perceptions about illness in order to understand disease as an essential component of the evolutionary process, citing the role of such malaises as diabetes, STDs, and the avian bird flu in protecting the survival of the human race.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060889654
0060889659
Branch Call Number: 616.042 M687
Characteristics: xvi, 267 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Prince, Jonathan

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judysbetz
Nov 20, 2016

Two thumbs up!

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tocch101
Dec 15, 2015

This was absolutely fascinating, and very interesting compared to the many ways people only think of "bad" diseases. Fully enjoyed.

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naturalist
Aug 31, 2015

“Survival of the Silliest” by P.Z. Myers, posted 17-12-2007 . . . from . . Pharyngula . . .
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2007/12/17/survival-of-the-silliest/ . . .
and . . .
“Yup, still a problem” 19-04-2007
from: . . . http://thinkevolution.net/archives/date/2007/04

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Emerlindian
Jul 17, 2012

I absolutely loved this book. It offers a very interesting look on how the diseases that plague us today actually helped to keep us alive in the past. You don't need to have any advanced knowledge in biology to understand it, though I discovered that my biology class in high school really helped me to make connections with certain functions and draw further knowledge from it.

A word of warning, it does tend to jump around a bit, but I found that after awhile it allowed for more understanding and connections. Overall, a fantastic book that is fairly easy to understand!

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