Evolution of the Human Brain



“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light evolution…” says Theodosius Dobzhansky, distinguished geneticist in Scientific American (Ewald, 1993). “Evolutionary biology is, of course, the scientific foundation for all biology, and biology is the foundation for all medicine. To a surprising degree, however, evolutionary biology is just now being recognized as a basic medical science…. The enterprise of studying medical problems in an evolutionary context has been termed Darwiniam medicine…. Darwinian medicine asks why the body is designed in a way that makes us all vulnerable to problems like cancer, atherosclerosis, depression, and choking, thus offering a broader context in which to do research.”


Human Brain Medical Problem Medical Science Broad Context Evolutionary Perspective 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical NeurologyCarrick Institute for Graduate StudiesCape CanaveralUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCollege of Staten Island City University of New YorkStaten IslandUSA

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