By Randolph M. Nesse
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There are more than 7000 rare diseases , also called orphan diseases. How does one decide the threshold for considering a disease to be rare? It depends. One study found more than 296 definitions of “rare disease.” In Europe, a disease is typically considered rare if it affects...
By Melissa A. Wilson Sayres
The greatest advance in entire history of medicine was recognition that bodies are machines assembled entirely from material substances. Now, however, the metaphor of body as machine is an obstacle to progress. To understand the body as a body, we need to blow the metaphor away...
By Randolph M. Nesse
Our bodies- from our minds to our immune systems- reflect biological adaptations exquisitely shaped by the selection processes experienced by our ancestors. This evolutionary heritage presents both opportunities and obstacles to enhancing human health in today’s world...
By Katie Hinde
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