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A critical examination of the biology of human afflictions and traditional medical treatments from the perspective of Darwinian evolution. Students will be encouraged to integrate earlier courses in biology so as to understand the causes of medical conditions ranging from fever to infection, mental illness and obesity. Modern evolutionary theory is then used to ask if the body's response to illness or injury is adaptive, and whether traditional medical treatments make evolutionary sense. The course will involve lectures, seminars, debates and written assignments, and use the text "Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine" by Nesse and Williams.

Prerequisite: Biology Core.

Instructor: P.T. Boag

Term: Not offered this year

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Dr. Peter T. Boag ( boagp@biology.queensu.ca ) TEL: 613-533-6394
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