Evolutionary medicine is the application if modern evolutionary theory to studies of health and disease in humans. In taking this approach, the course will explore the role played by disease in human evolution, and investigate both the proximate and evolutionary explanations for them. We will examine both infectious and non-infectious diseases, and assess the way in which populations and disease organisms have co-evolved. Related issues to be examined are the nature of the virulence and pathogenicity of infectious agents, and their efforts to subvert the immune system's responses to infection. In addition, we will explore the evolved responses that enable individuals to protect, heal and recuperate themselves from infections and injuries, such as fever and sickness behavior, and the fitness enhancing aspects of these processes. Finally, we will investigate how past adaptations of early humans to their environments now affects modern humans, who have very different diets, life expectancy, activity pattern, and hygiene than their ancestors.
Section 301 - SEM -
SCHURR, THEODORE GEORGE
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 345
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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