While covering human history, civilization, and diseases to reveal why humans are sick with many ailments, this book provides the answers to the questions: “When, why, and how did humans contract all kinds of infectious and chronic diseases?”
The increasing occurrence of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, asthma and cancer does not simply denote increment in the incidence of diseases, but a pathological phenomenon that reflects the condition of humanity’s current environment.
With humanity’s graduation from the era of hunter-gatherers, infectious diseases and nutritional disorders started to appear at the beginning of the agricultural revolution. Humanity then shifted to an age of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and cancer, as they entered the era of affluence in the wake of the industrial revolution. Moreover, the disease pattern characterized by such chronic diseases is expected to change again soon to a new trend characterized by neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
When contemplating the path of disease development and transition, we should simultaneously consider two aspects of humanity: as a biological being who adapts to his or her surrounding environment, and as a cultural creator who transforms and recreates the environment, because the changes in human behavior have as much impact on the direction of disease transition as our genes and environment do. Therefore, only after we appropriately understand the history, environment, and disease development of humanity will we be able to establish an adequate strategy for coping with diseases. We would have the upper hand if we have a better understanding of the origin of diseases. In five sections, this book shows how to understand such diseases through the intertwined process within the wide framework of human history. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)
“This book provides a novel perspective on the way of understanding why we have diseases. The author persuasively argues that diseases are caused due to failure of our genes to adapt to environmental changes. After agricultural revolution and subsequent civilization, humankind has experienced the environmental changes that occurred at an unprecedented rate since the emergence of hominids on earth. Particularly, industrial revolution has caused drastic changes in our environments and lifestyles. This argument gives a wonderful insight into the concept of disease, widening our epistemic scope.” - Reviewed by Ju-Hong Jeon, PhD., Seoul National University College of Medicine
“The book’s theme of civilization and diseases was quite interesting to me, and I enjoyed reading the arguments and the theories presented therein.” - Reviewed by Hisashi Ogawa, MD
“It is very interesting. This book raised important perspectives. It was clearly a lot of work, with messages that will be helpful for the public and decision-makers to hear. This will also be an excellent addition to the lay literature.” - Reviewed by Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH, Department of Global Ecology, Stanford University, USA
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