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Evolutionary explanations in medical and health profession courses: are you answering your students' "why" questions?

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Title
Evolutionary explanations in medical and health profession courses: are you answering your students' "why" questions?
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BMC Medical Education, May 2005
DOI 10.1186/1472-6920-5-16
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Eugene E Harris, Avelin A Malyango

Abstract

Medical and pre-professional health students ask questions about human health that can be answered in two ways, by giving proximate and evolutionary explanations. Proximate explanations, most common in textbooks and classes, describe the immediate scientifically known biological mechanisms of anatomical characteristics or physiological processes. These explanations are necessary but insufficient. They can be complemented with evolutionary explanations that describe the evolutionary processes and principles that have resulted in human biology we study today. The main goal of the science of Darwinian Medicine is to investigate human disease, disorders, and medical complications from an evolutionary perspective.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Italy 2 3%
Canada 1 2%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Portugal 1 2%
Argentina 1 2%
Belgium 1 2%
Spain 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 57 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 12%
Other 8 12%
Student > Bachelor 5 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 5 8%
Other 18 27%
Unknown 7 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 19 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 18%
Psychology 6 9%
Social Sciences 5 8%
Arts and Humanities 4 6%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 11 17%

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