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The Fragile Wisdom - An Evolutionary View on Women's Biology and Health (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R823
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The Fragile Wisdom - An Evolutionary View on Women's Biology and Health (Hardcover, New): Grazyna Jasienska

The Fragile Wisdom - An Evolutionary View on Women's Biology and Health (Hardcover, New)

Grazyna Jasienska

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So many women who do everything right to stay healthy still wind up with breast cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis. In The Fragile Wisdom, Grazyna Jasienska provides an evolutionary perspective on the puzzle of why disease prevention among women is so frustratingly difficult. Modern women, she shows, are the unlucky victims of their own bodies' conflict of interest between reproductive fitness and life-long health. The crux of the problem is that women's physiology has evolved to facilitate reproduction, not to reduce disease risk. Any trait-no matter how detrimental to health in the post-reproductive period-is more likely to be preserved in the next generation if it increases the chance of giving birth to offspring who will themselves survive to reproductive age. To take just one example, genes that produce high levels of estrogen are a boon to fertility, even as they raise the risk of breast cancer in mothers and their daughters. Jasienska argues that a mismatch between modern lifestyles and the Stone Age physiology that evolution has bequeathed to every woman exacerbates health problems. She looks at women's mechanisms for coping with genetic inheritance and at the impact of environment on health. Warning against the false hope gene therapy inspires, Jasienska makes a compelling case that our only avenue to a healthy life is prevention programs informed by evolutionary understanding and custom-fitted to each woman's developmental and reproductive history.

General

Imprint: Harvard University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2013
First published: 2013
Authors: Grazyna Jasienska
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards / With printed dust jacket
Pages: 336
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-674-04712-9
Categories: Books > Medicine > General issues > Public health & preventive medicine > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Evolution
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
LSN: 0-674-04712-5
Barcode: 9780674047129

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