- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: 1st Vintage Books Ed (30. Januar 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0679746749
- ISBN-13: 978-0679746744
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,6 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 11.463 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Januar 1996
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Is our tendency to "fix" our bodies with medicine keeping them from working exactly as they're supposed to? Two pioneers of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness is part and parcel of the evolutionary system and as such, may be helping us to evolve towards better adaptation to our environment.
"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
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In conclusion, let me quote from Martin Heidegger as a way of pointing out that the coordination of efforts of the authors (Dr. Neese and Dr.Williams) is exemplary and is suggestive of what Heidegger calls "an inner readiness for communal cooperation". This "inner readiness" is still a long time coming considering Heidegger made this remark during a 1929/30 lecture course"The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics:World,Finitude, Solitude."The precarious situation in our communities and the g!rowing gap between physicians and patients induces a frantic inability to find (let's call it) "common ground". This does not even consider the disastrous "polarizations" that the AIDS epidemic produce among all the so-called "special interest groups" which ignores the need for consensus amongst us all to prevent the spread of this disease.Heidegger writes( nearly 60 years ago):"Philosophical knowledge is supposed to be superior because of its more universal character...corresponding to this hyper-sophisticated pseudo-philosophy, what we find in the field of research is a stubborn appeal to the so-called facts and an inability to understand that a fact yields nothing by itself, that every fact we can produce has always already undergone a process of interpretation. Between them, the hypersophistication of philosophy and the intransigence of the sciences create the hopeless situation in which both parties obstinately persist in talking past one another and foster the spurious freedom in which each eventually leave the other to its own devices." One important aspect of this book is that two individual, the authors of this book, one a doctor in the field of psychiatry and one a biologist, did not talk past each other and their cooperation has given us a book that we all must examine during this time when so much hangs in the balance, if only for its way of showing how we might sow the seeds of a mutual understanding.
In this book the authors describe why (and not how) we
suffer from various diseases. Looking at diseases from an
evolutionary viewpoint gives us tremendous insight and
offers innovative ideas for treatment and prevention.
Though I tend to treat radical new ideas with skepticism, I
found most of the arguments in this book very convincing.
Apart from being ingenious, this book is also very
entertaining and easy to read.
In my opinion this is the science 'Book of the decade'
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