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Evolution in Health and Disease 2nd Edition by Stephen C. Stearns, ISBN-13: 978-0199207466



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (January 10, 2008)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0199207461
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0199207466

In this fully revised and updated edition, the editors have integrated a completely new set of contributions from the leading researchers in the field to describe the latest research in evolutionary medicine, providing a fresh summary of this rapidly expanding field 10 years after its predecessor was first compiled. It continues to adopt a broad approach to the subject, drawing on medically relevant research from evolutionary genetics, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary microbiology (especially experimental evolution of virulence and resistance), the evolution of aging and degenerative disease, and other aspects of biology or medicine where evolutionary approaches make important contributions.


“In contrast with much of the writing on evolution in the medical literature over the past century, the contributions to this book almost always apply evolutionary perspectives accurately and consistently. This volume will therefore serve as a valuable reference in academia and medicine as well as
for committed readers outside of these arenas.”–The Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Professor Stearns specializes in life history evolution, which links the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, in evolutionary medicine, and in evolutionary functional genomics. He came to Yale in 2000 from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he had been professor of zoology since 1983 and held several administrative posts. Prior to moving to Basel he was an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Reed College in Oregon. Born in Hawaii and a 1967 graduate of Yale College, Stearns earned a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Professor Koella’s interests lie in the coevolution of parasites and hosts. He specializes in the evolutionary epidemiology of malaria and in the application of evolutionary ideas to the control of malaria. After obtaining a Masters’ in mechanical engineering at the ETH Zurich and a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Basel he worked for several years at the Swiss Tropical Institute Basel as a malaria epidemiologist before moving on to positions in Switzerland, Denmark and France. He arrived at Imperial College in 2005 as a Chair in Epidemiology.


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