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Ancient bodies, modern lives : how evolution has shaped women's health

Author: Wenda Trevathan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How has bipedalism impacted human childbirth? Do PMS and postpartum depression have specific, maybe even beneficial, functions? These are only two of the many questions that specialists in evolutionary medicine seek to answer, and that anthropologist Wenda Trevathan addresses in Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives. Exploring a range of women's health issues that may be viewed through an evolutionary lens, specifically  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wenda Trevathan
ISBN: 9780199750542 0199750548
OCLC Number: 609861658
Description: 1 online resource (269 pages)
Contents: Are we grown up yet? --
Vicious cycles --
Getting pregnant: why can't everyone just get along? --
Staying pregnant --
Welcome to the world --
The greasy, helpless one-hour old human newborn --
Women are defined by their breasts --
But women are more than breasts --
If reproduction is what it's all about, why does it stop? --
What good are old women? quite a lot, thank you --
Implications for women's health in the 21st century and preventing the epidemiological collision.
Responsibility: Wenda Trevathan.

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How has bipedalism impacted human childbirth? Do PMS and postpartum depression have specific, maybe even beneficial, functions? These are only two of the many questions that specialists in evolutionary medicine seek to answer, and that anthropologist Wenda Trevathan addresses in Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives. Exploring a range of women's health issues that may be viewed through an evolutionary lens, specifically focusing on reproduction, Trevathan delves into issues such as the medical consequences of early puberty in girls, the impact of migration, culture change, and poverty on reproductive health.

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"This volume is the most recent of an increasing number of books on the evolutionary biology of disease. . .This book might be easier to read for nonspecialists. . .Nevertheless, for anyone with an Read more...

 
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