Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.

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How to frame and test an evolutionary hypothesis about a disease.
Diseases are not traits shaped by selection so they do not have direct evolutionary explanations. Traits that make a species vulnerable to disease are appropriate objects of evolutionary explanations; several may be needed!

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  • This book will surely change the face of medicine -- and deservedly so. —Robin Dunbar

  • This is a wise, accessible, highly readable exploration of an issue that goes to the heart of human existence. —Robert Sapolsky

  • A bold book that would have made Darwin proud. Cutting-edge and compassionate at the same time —Lee Dugatkin

  • It is no exaggeration to say that he opens the door to a new paradigm in thinking about human beings and their conflicted lives. —Michael Ruse

  • A provocative book full of intriguing explanations about human nature in all its strengths and weaknesses. —Carl Zimmer

  • Someday nearly all psychiatry will be identified as evolutionary psychiatry. If so, Randolph Nesse’s book should be seen as the field’s founding document. David Barash in The Wall Street Journal

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