We think of disease as our enemy, something we try to eradicate; germs and infections are things we battle.But in this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that, in fact, disease is our partner, not our foe, and is responsible for everything from how we look to how we have sex.Since the earliest days of life on earth, disease has evolved alongside us. Drawing on the latest research and studies, Zuk explains the role of disease in answering a fascinating range of questions such as: Why do men die younger than women? Why does the average male bird not have a penis? Why do we-and lots of other animals-get STDs? How is our obsession with cleanliness making us sicker? And how can parasites sometimes make us well?Using her own work on sexual selection as well as a sampling of stories from the natural world, Zuk makes us reconsider the fearsome parasite.
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Book Description Harcourt, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER 1: WHY DOCTORS NEED DARWIN 13 CHAPTER 2: FRIENDLY WORMS AND THE PRICE OF VICTORY 38 CHAPTER 3: NOT SUCH A BAD CASE 64 CHAPTER 4: THE RACE WITH SEX THAT'S NEVER WON 83 CHAPTER 5: WHEN SEX MAKES YOU SICK 99 CHAPTER 6: THE SICKER SEX 123 CHAPTER 7: PARASITES AND PICKING THE PERFECT PARTNER 142 CHAPTER 8: WHEN HOW YOU FEEL IS HOW YOU LOOK 180 CHAPTER 9: TAKING CARE 206 CHAPTER 10 : BAD, BUT NOT WEIRD: THE REAL EMERGING DISEASES 237 CHAPTER 11: WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE, ANYWAY? 266 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 292 REFERENCES 293 INDEX 316. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151012253
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