Evolution and Medicine

Evolution and Medicine (2015, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Stephen Stearns. This course is a survey of evolutionary insights that make important differences in medical research and clinical practice, including evolutionary mechanisms and the medical issues they affect. Individual genetic variation in susceptibility; evolutionary conflicts and tradeoffs in reproductive medicine; the evolution of antibiotic resistance and virulence in pathogens; emerging diseases; the evolution of aging; cancer as an evolutionary process.

Lecture 2.1 - Ancient History with Medical Consequences
Lecture 2.2 - Recent History with Medical Consequences
Lecture 2.3 - Genetic Variation for Disease Resistance
Lecture 2.4 - Genetic Variation for Ability to Metabolize Drugs
Lecture 2.5 - The Human Life History and its Evolution
Lecture 2.6 - A Patient is a Point on a Reaction Norm
Lecture 2.7 - Patients are Bundles of Tradeoffs
Lecture 2.8 - A Patient is Someone who Ages
Lecture 2.9 - Patients Have an Unusual Life History
Lecture 2.10 - The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Lecture 2.11 - The Developmental Origins of the Microbiota
Lecture 2.12 - Recap

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Lecture 01 - Evolutionary Thinking
Lecture 02 - What is a Patient?
Lecture 03 - What is a Disease?
Lecture 04 - Defenses
Lecture 05 - Pathogen Evolution
Lecture 06 - Cancer as an Evolutionary Process
Lecture 07 - The Evolution of Reproduction
Lecture 08 - Mismatch
Lecture 09 - Mental Disorders
Lecture 10 - Individual Health versus Population Health
Lecture 11 - Conclusion