Why We Get Sick

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Why We Get Sick

The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

By Randolph M. Nesse; Randolph M. Neese; George Christopher Williams

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679746744, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 1996


The answers are in this groundbreaking book by two founders of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine, who deftly synthesize the latest research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's and from cancer to Huntington's chorea. Why We Get Sick compels readers to reexamine the age-old attitudes toward sickness. Line drawings.

About the Author
Randolph M. Nesse (MD) is Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He is Research Professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, where he directs the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program. His work to bring evolutionary biology to medicine is now focused on why natural selection has left us so vulnerable to mental disorders.

Williams is Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of ecology and evolution at the State University and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Praise For Why We Get Sick

"By bringing the evolutionary vision systematically into one of the last unconquered provinces, Nesse and Williams have devised not only means for the improvement of medicine but fundamental new insights into the human condition."--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

"In moving the focus from 'how' to 'why' questions, Nesse and Williams introduce readers to a new way of thinking about illness, one that promises to be of increasing interest as...our culture turns toward evolutionary explanations for human predicaments."--Peter D. Kramer, author of Listening to Prozac