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Survival of the Sickest

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Survival of the Sickest

The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity

By Sharon Moalem; Jonathan Prince

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060889661, 267pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2008


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.

Praise For Survival of the Sickest

“[It] will challenge everything you thought you knew about disease. Fascinating!”
-Memet Oz, co-author of YOU: The Owners Manuel

MED History does not always receive a great deal of attention...this book shows exactly why it shouldn’t be ignored.
-Library Journal

“A lively and enthusiastic treatise”
-Kirkus Reviews

“fascinating, enlightening and reader-friendly...This is one not-to-be-missed fantastic journey across the evolutionary landscape of humankind.
-Rocky Mountain News

“CSI meets Freakonomics meets Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
-Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

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