Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity

Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity

Book rating: 05 Paperback P.s.

By (author) Dr Sharon Moalem, With Jonathan Prince

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 267 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060889667
  • ISBN 13: 9780060889661
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 82,925

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Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth. Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives.

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By Anton Tsigularov 03 Jul 2011 5

I had already read this insightful book and wanted to purchase it in print for a friend.

Sending paperbacks in plain bubble-wrap envelopes is pretty much guaranteed to ruin the book and this is exactly what happened. There are enough shops online that know how to ship a book safely, this apparently isn't one of them.

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[a] fascinating new book...[Moalem] has a way of turning complicated biology into captivating stories. --Body + Soul"