Evolution and Medicine

Overview of topics Chapter 1: Introduction to evolutionary thinking Chapter 2: What is a patient? Chapter 3: What is a disease? Chapter 4: Defenses Chapter 5: Pathogen evolution Chapter 6: Cancer Chapter 7: Reproductive medicine Chapter 8: Mismatch Chapter 9: Mental disorders Chapter 10: Individual versus population health Chapter 11: Open questions and other issues

1. Evolutionary thinking Biological evolution is a process, called microevolution, that produces a pattern, called macroevolution. The toolkit of evolutionary ideas includes: Microevolution- natural selection, random processes, genetic change, and development. Macroevolution- history, relationship, constraint, and development.