After writing this week’s column about sugar I finally got around to posting a quick review of The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease by Daniel Lieberman. (I find it helpful to review books so that I can remember what I’ve read.)
Here’s my review from LibraryThing:
You could chop this book in half and you’d have two quite different volumes, each totally interesting in its own right. The first part is a comprehensive journey through human evolution. It explores and celebrates how we developed the bodies that we currently slob around in.
The second part investigates different ways that our modern slobby lifestyle affects these bodies that we inherited from our ancestors. A thread running through both parts is the concept of evolutionary mismatch diseases. Mismatch diseases are non infectious conditions like heart disease, obesity and diabetes that were once rare but now flourish in the world of fast food and comfy sofas.
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease is a reminder that we are, in fact, pretty damn amazing creatures, and it’s also a cautionary tale. This is the most interesting book I’ve read in the past year.