Mismatch : Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies

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We have built a world that no longer fits our bodies. Our genes - selected through our evolution - and the many processes by which our development is tuned within the womb, limit our capacity to adapt to the modern urban lifestyle. There is a mismatch. We are seeing the impact of this mismatch in the explosion of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. But it also has consequences in earlier puberty and old age. Bringing together the latest scientific research in evolutionary biology, development, medicine, anthropology and ecology, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson, both leading medical scientists, argue that many of our problems as modern-day humans can be understood in terms of this fundamental and growing mismatch. It is an insight that we ignore at our peril.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 33mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W halftones and line drawings
  • 0192806831
  • 9780192806833
  • 881,890

About Peter D. Gluckman

Peter Gluckman is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Paediatrics and Perinatal Biology, and Director of the Liggins Institute for Medical Research and the National Center for Growth and Development, at the University of Auckland. Mark Hanson directs the Centre for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease at the University of Southampton, and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Honorary professor at the University of Auckland.show more

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Thought-provoking...this book conveys admirably, for a non-specialist reader, the implications of an important idea. Michael Sargent, Nature (Books and Arts Review) Compelling book Laura Howes, Chemistry World Essential reading for anybody interested in the fascinating complexities of human biology...A most timely and innovative contribution to the popular debate about genes and the environment. Robert Winston, from the Foreword A fascinating and important journey through the development and evolution of human health. Lewis Wolpert Some possible solutions are suggested here, but for the most part Hanson and Gluckman just lay the cards out on the table for you to contemplate, which is refreshing. They offer a very humane insight that can help us all make sense of the modern world and our place in it. Margaret Bartlett, Health and Fitnessshow more

Table of contents

MATCH ; 1. Our comfort zone ; 2. Where have we come from? ; 3. When we were very young ; 4. Things ain't what they used to be ; 5. Constrained by our pasts ; MISMATCH ; 6. Coming of age ; 7. A life of luxury ; 8. Our extended life ; 9. Match and Mismatchshow more

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