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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease

作者 : Daniel Lieberman

作者 : 丹尼爾.李伯曼

出版社 : PENGUIN BOOKS LTD.

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定價 : NT 550

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演化隱藏的身體謎題
 
哈佛大學知名的赤腳教授,也是演化生物學第一把交椅,以幽默筆法深入淺出帶領普通讀者進行人類身體巡禮:我們的肉身如何演化而來?文明的改變如農業發明與工業革命,對身體有什麼影響?現代社會的生活一點也不適合這副來自石器時代的身體!那些你以為只是老了的症頭,甚至第二型糖尿病、近視、乳癌等現代常見問題,竟是身體對環境適應不良的彆扭抗議。人類演化的知識,其實隱藏著促進健康生活的真正解決方案,這本書易讀,而不簡單。
 
In The Story of the Human Body, Daniel Lieberman, Professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard, shows how we need to change our world to fit our hunter-gatherer bodies

This ground-breaking book of popular science explores how the way we use our bodies is all wrong. From an evolutionary perspective, if normal is defined as what most people have done for millions of years, then it's normal to walk and run 9 -15 kilometres a day to hunt and gather fresh food which is high in fibre, low in sugar, and barely processed. It's also normal to spend much of your time nursing, napping, making stone tools, and gossiping with a small band of people.

Our 21st-century lifestyles, argues Daniel Lieberman, are out of synch with our stone-age bodies. Never have we been so healthy and long-lived - but never, too, have we been so prone to a slew of problems that were, until recently, rare or unknown, from asthma, to diabetes, to - scariest of all - overpopulation.

The Story of the Human Body asks how our bodies got to be the way they are, and considers how that evolutionary history - both ancient and recent - can help us evaluate how we use our bodies. How is the present-day state of the human body related to the past? And what is the human body's future?

'Monumental. The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage' - Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish

'Riveting, enlightening, and more than a little frightening' - Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

Daniel Lieberman is the Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and a leader in the field. He has written nearly 100 articles, many appearing in the journals Nature and Science, and his cover story on barefoot running in Nature was picked up by major media the world over. His research and discoveries have been highlighted in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Discover, and National Geographic.
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