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.
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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