Mirage of Health: Utopias, Progress and Biological Change

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Rutgers University Press, 1987 - Medical - 282 pages
'Complete freedom from disease and from struggle is almost incompatible with the process of living, ' Rene Dubos asserted in this classic essay on ecology and health. All the accomplishments of science and technology, he argued, will not bring the utopian dream of universal well-being, because they ignore the dynamic process of adaptation to a constantly changing environment that every living organism must face. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
 

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Contents

THE GARDENS OF EDEN
1
BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ADAPTATION
30
STRUGGLE AND PARTNERSHIP IN THE LIV
62
to Infection
76
Symbiosis and Parasitism
88
ENVIRONMENT AND DISEASE
95
the Internal Environment
122
HYGEIA AND ASCLEPIOS
129
SOCIAL PATTERNS OF HEALTH AND
170
EFFECTS OF DISEASE ON POPULATIONS
220
Military and Political History
227
UTOPIAS AND HUMAN GOALS
258
Evolution
264
Health Happiness and Human
272
Envoi
278
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