Evolution and medicine: the long reach of "Dr. Darwin"
Pyles, Rebecca A.
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Shanks, Niall, and Pyles, Rebecca A. n.d. Evolution and medicine: the long reach of "Dr. Darwin". BioMed Central. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1852567.
In this review we consider the new science of Darwinian medicine. While it has often been said that evolutionary theory is the glue that holds the disparate branches of biological inquiry together and gives them direction and purpose, the links to biomedical inquiry have only recently been articulated in a coherent manner. Our aim in this review is to make clear first of all, how evolutionary theory is relevant to medicine; and secondly, how the biomedical sciences have enriched our understanding of evolutionary processes. We will conclude our review with some observations of the philosophical significance of this interplay between evolutionary theory and the biomedical sciences.
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