Survival of the Sickest

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

Description

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.



About the Author
Dr. Sharon Moalem is an award-winning neurologist and evolutionary biologist, with a PhD in human physiology. His research brings evolution, genetics, biology, and medicine together to explain how the body works in new and fascinating ways. He and his work have been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on Today, and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul. Dr. Moalem's first book was the New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest. He lives in New York City.

Jonathan Prince was a senior adviser and speechwriter in the Clinton White House and oversaw communications strategy at NATO during the war in Kosovo. He was named one of America's Best and Brightest by Esquire in 2005 for his work to improve political advertising. With former U.S. senator John Edwards and Edwards's daughter Cate, Prince edited Home: The Blueprints of Our 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