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Books, Journals, New Media
March 19, 2003

Evolution, Illness

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2003;289(11):1442-1443. doi:10.1001/jama.289.11.1442

George Gaylord Simpson made the observation, nearly half a century ago, that "Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind. He was not planned." The proponents of Darwinian medicine have taken this dictum to heart. They argue that by viewing the human form as a result of past episodes of natural selection, rather than purposeful design, one can develop new insights into the causes of illness and more effective preventions and treatments.

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