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Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease
Survival of the Sickest A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease
Author: Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
ISBN-13: 9780739487389
ISBN-10: 0739487388
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 267
Edition: 1st
Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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4.8 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Paperback
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Loved this book. The author makes it a very entertaining read, despite the serious subject matter. I liked it so much that I got a copy after reading it in the library, and sent one to my sisters as well. Fascinating, easy to understand and clear. I found the idea that viruses may have become incorporated into our DNA over our evolution an amazing idea, true or not.

Fascinating to discover the genetic advantages of diseases that today have become huge detriments, such as sickle cell anemia (resistance to malaria), and diabetes (resistance to cold weather, as sugar acts like antifreeze in the blood, and along with other specific genetic traits, helps prevent, among other things, frostbite).

It did, however, take until the end of the book and author's photo for me to realize that "Sharon Moalem" is a man. :)
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Easy-reading genetic explanations of evolution of humans and disese organisms. Explanations of why some inherited affictions provided a method of survival when extremes of environment or plagues cause harsh tests for survival. The survive and reproduce imperative of all organisms may have ignored affictions that were adult onset, i.e. after reproduction. Common sense examples easily understood by the non-scientifically inclined.
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Content came across like a great guest on Oprah. Truly fascinating. I couldn't put it down. I found myself calling friends and reading them passages.
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Easy-reading genetic explanations of evolution of humans and disese organisms. Explanations of why some inherited affictions provided a method of survival when extremes of environment or plagues cause harsh tests for survival. The survive and reproduce imperative of all organisms may have ignored affictions that were adult onset, i.e. after reproduction. Common sense examples easily understood by the non-scientifically inclined.
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Excellent book! Completely fascinating topics throughout. Explains why some of our health issues and concerns are what they are from an evolutionary point of view. Highly recommended.
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This was an interesting and enlightening read, but the author has a dangerous tendency to present his personal interpretations of correlations as fact. That's not how it works!
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Easy-reading genetic explanations of evolution of humans and disese organisms. Explanations of why some inherited affictions provided a method of survival when extremes of environment or plagues cause harsh tests for survival. The survive and reproduce imperative of all organisms may have ignored affictions that were adult onset, i.e. after reproduction. Common sense examples easily understood by the non-scientifically inclined.
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Easy-reading genetic explanations of evolution of humans and disese organisms. Explanations of why some inherited affictions provided a method of survival when extremes of environment or plagues cause harsh tests for survival. The survive and reproduce imperative of all organisms may have ignored affictions that were adult onset, i.e. after reproduction. Common sense examples easily understood by the non-scientifically inclined.
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Easy-reading genetic explanations of evolution of humans and disese organisms. Explanations of why some inherited affictions provided a method of survival when extremes of environment or plagues cause harsh tests for survival. The survive and reproduce imperative of all organisms may have ignored affictions that were adult onset, i.e. after reproduction. Common sense examples easily understood by the non-scientifically inclined.
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from back cover:

Find out why deadly diseases are bred into our genetic code and learn the answers to such provocative questions as:

Can a person rust to death?
Can sunglasses cause sunburns?
Can the tanning salon lower cholesterol?
Who gets drunk faster -- Europeans or Asians? And why?
Why are some Americans immune to the HIV virus?
Do sexually transmitted diseases make you more promiscuous?
Can cats cause schizophrenia?
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A provocative book that is on the cutting edge of gene research. Written for the layman.
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Excellent and interesting look at how disease may have effected the evolution of mankind. Highly recommended for anyone, but health professionals will probably be most amused/enlightened.
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This is an interesting book, informative and counter-intuitive -- terrifically read as well