The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • Author Daniel Lieberman
  • Binding Hardcover
  • EAN 9780307379412
  • EAN List 9780307379412
  • Edition 1
  • Format Deckle Edge
  • ISBN 0307379418
  • Is Eligible For Trade In 1
  • Item Dimensions length 6.63 IN;width 1.53 IN;height 9.55 IN;weight 190.00 Hundredths Pounds;
  • Label Pantheon
  • Languages English
  • List Price $27.95
  • Manufacturer Pantheon
  • Number Of Items 1
  • Number Of Pages 480
  • Package Dimensions length 9.29 IN;width 6.38 IN;height 1.42 IN;weight 190.00 Hundredths Pounds;
  • Package Quantity 1
  • Product Group Book
  • Publication Date 2013-10-01
  • Publisher Pantheon
  • Release Date 2013-10-01
  • Studio Pantheon
  • Title The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
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Product Description: In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.
The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.
While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of “dysevolution,” a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally—provocatively—he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment.

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