Throughout Survival of the sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem, a scientific story telling form of writing takes place. Dr. Moalem puts well thought out scientific phenomenons supported by a history of evolutionary evidence that we see in our world today. Perhaps its largely due to his background studies in the emerging fields of neurogenetics and evolutionary medicine. Dr.Moalem has a very distinct way of attracting his readers to change the fundamental understanding and development of diseases, he also has this uniqueness in keeping us curious and excited to know more about a particular topic. a selection what he discusses in Survival of the sickest is the importance of iron in our bodies, he began with a case study presenting an individual with a mysterious symptoms that attract the reader’s attention, then …show more content…
Moalem distinct way of tackling misconception is truly a gift. He carefully examines each topic distinctively, followed by a detailed explanation capable of providing enough to support his argument as if he is one step ahead of the reader, for example, when discussing the topic of vitamin D influence on skin color. one of the questions that we tend to raise is how are people who have dark skin are capable of making vitamin D although their skin blocks all of the ultraviolet rays in scorching hot places such as the Sahara desert, he begins by addressing our question by saying “ if you are wondering how people who have dark skin…. you’re asking the right question” (56). He then begins slowly by examining the process by which vitamin D is produced within the skin and the genetic evolution of Apoldprotein E or ApE4 role on cholesterol level maintenance. in another scenario he examines the main stereotypical factors that is association with microbes in our body and how media and news headline tend to examine illness and microbes from a fear standpoint without examining the scientific aspect behind the development and prevention of such microbes in the first
Interestingly, there are many articles that discuss the black plague outbreak; and, while all articles relate to the Black Death (plague outbreak), few bring a different perspective, for example: • The Black Death Decoded explores elements analyzed with findings of a similar strain of Yersinia, as Zeigler alludes to Yersinia throughout his book. • The Black Death discusses the Genome of Yersinia pestis, which relates to the bacteria that causes bubonic plague (a definite point Zeigler argues). Of course, there have been a lot of questions and suspicions about the effects of the Black Death, and its arrival to England as well as the mortality rate, but Zeigler suggest “between a third and half the people must have died” (p. 128) from the
The book Survival of the Sickest was written by Sharon Moalem, an evolutionary biologist and neurogeneticist. Dr. Moalem earned his PhD is Human Physiology, specializing in neurogenetics, from the University of Toronto. He earned his MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Moalem is the author of three books: Survival of the Sickest, How Sex Works, and Inheritance. Dr. Moalem’s research emphasized bringing together evolution, genetics, and modern medicine to revolutionize how we understand and treat diseases.
Readers not only learn why microbes emerge at these particular stages in human civilization and how they cause lethal infections, diseases, and pandemics, but also how microbes, with their dynamic interactions with humans, impact and shape human life. In addition, Crawford tracks human progress towards understanding the cause of communicable diseases and fighting against the disease-causing microbes with treatments and preventions, which includes antibiotics and vaccinations. In the final chapter of Deadly Companions, Crawford outlines our current situation with evolving pathogenic microbes despite the interference from modern advancement and knowledge. These killer microbes continue to exploit society; especially with poverty, travel, and drug behavior providing opportunities for our deadly companions to
In the article "Tales of the Super Survivors" by David Brook, Brooks tries to convince his readers that even after a traumatic event, they shouldn 't worry about PTSD, Brook uses facts, emotional factors like love, and self-motivation, to try and prove that point, Brook uses reference from Philip A. Fisher, a University of Oregon psychology professor. Brook Tries to convince his readers that they should not be worried about the effects from post-traumatic stress disorder because over a few years researchers found that PTSD patients have a better chance to overcome this, the researchers found that the effect from traumas have more of a positive direction, Brooks Says "post-traumatic stress disorder rates are lower than many of us imagine",
Judeah Auguste University of Alaska Anchorage The Doctors Plague, Sherwin B. Nuland Kraft The Doctors Plague depicts the story of the lifeline of Ignac Semmelweis, a physician in the First Division at the Allgemeine Krankenhaus hospital in Vienna and his discovery of childbed fever. Nuland opens the medical-scientific novel with a fictional story of a young nameless girl who is inching closer to her birth date. From her friend, she learns there are two obstetric divisions, one run by doctors and the other by midwives, advising the soon to be mom to stay clear of medical students. Already foreshadowing being attended by the medical students results in an uncomfortable situation, Nuland leaves the readers with curiosity and the answer to
Trude Silman Holocaust Child Survivor The Holocaust is one of the saddest moments in human history. While World War One and 9-11 were both hugely devastating blows to us and many others, World War Two exceeds both of those in horror and effect, and it all happened because of one man. Adolf Hitler.
Being able to identify unknown microbes from systematic testing is what makes the field of microbiology so important, especially in infectious disease control. Using the testing procedure laid out by the microbiology field we are able to identify unknown bacteria present in our everyday lives, and along the way learn a lot about their characteristics that separate them from other types of bacteria. Being able to do this is vital in order for us to understand why microbes are present in certain places, how they are able to grow and what restricts their growth, that way they can be combatted if necessary. These techniques for determining unknowns are also important for isolating and testing infectious disease microbes in order to prevent spreading. Another important aspect of being able to identify unknown microbes is the
In this passage from The Great Influenza John Barry Uses an informative tone, and extended metaphor, and logos to characterize scientific research as an analytical process. Throughout the passage Barry Consistently uses an informative tone to characterize scientific research as analytical. One example of this was when he said “A scientist must accept the fact that all his work, even beliefs, may break apart… out such findings”. This is a statement made by Barry, and could easily be changed into something less informative or almost suggestive to the reader, but Barry purposely put that quote the way he did to be straightforward and clear about what science is like, and what it does for you.
Life or Death Who chooses death over life? Sometimes we have to make this decision over a loved one when there is no hope for their recovery. It would be incredibly hard to make this life or death decision on another human being and twice as hard when it is someone we love. The author discusses the argument of this controversial topic of sustaining life at any cost or dying peacefully as an ethical issue. An ethicist, a person who specializes in or writes on ethics, can provide valuable discernment with respect to right and wrong motives or actions.
Iron deficiency is called anemia. A person who is anemic gets tired very easily and may faint at times. The face of an anemic person is often pale and the person always feels weak. They have frequent hair loss and suffer from lack of concentration. Why are women at a higher risk of iron deficiency?
How to Survive a Plaque by David France and United in Anger by Jim Hubbard are both historical documentary films that talk about the history of the organization created called ACT UP. ACT UP is for the AIDS activist movement from people with all different perspectives such as people from the trenches to people having the disease and fighting it. The film was made to expand the news on the movement and to try to show the effect AIDS had on people. Interviews, footage of protests and speeches from the members of ACT UP were all recoded for these films. They were all personal and true stories that were told to help the future generations and to prevent something similar happening again.
In Frank Furedi’s reading, “Our Unhealthy Obsession with Sickness”, he concludes that the health care crisis which we are going through will not change nor get better. To some extent I agree with Mr. Furedi’s writing. He discusses how in recent times, people in society are normalizing having an illness and are willingly open to talking about them (471). Furedi also mentioned how people now embrace having an illness, rather than noticing their worth before they were sick. I too have noticed that it is becoming increasingly acceptable to the extent that people want something to be wrong with them, which I find extremely odd.
Intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors, both contribute to this process. As discussed earlier, UV-induced damage to the DNA causes a poor renewal of the skin. When exposed to harsh sunlight, an individual is also exposed to the UV light that comes along with it. Excessive exposure can cause premature aging in certain individuals and also is observed as severe pigmentation and sunburns as well. The antioxidants, namely vitamin E and vitamin C are majorly targeted by the UV light and thus, reduce the antioxidant capacity of the epidermis on prolonged exposure.
Malaria is the most common disease in third world countries with a tropical climate; the disease is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. In many parts of the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria medicines.