Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 February 2008

298 Pages


ISBN: 9780199228386

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The lifestyle diseases timebomb

Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson

  • A fascinating look at a growing and deadly mismatch affecting the developed world:a mismatch that originates in our evolutionary history; that is influenced by development processes in the womb, and takes its toll as we grow to adulthood.
  • With a foreword by Sir Robert Winston.
  • Encompasses lifestyle diseases, epigenetics, evolutionary biology, and perinatal medicine.
  • The rapidly increasing incidence of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are now considered to be a 'public health timebomb' - the authors take a forward-looking and at times controversial perspective on how we might tackle the problem.
  • Provides an accessible account of the interplay of genes and the environment-one of the most exciting areas of research in biology today.

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