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Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 595–602

First Online: 14 December 2011

Abstract

Most early evolutionary thinkers came from medicine, yet evolution has had a checkered history in medical education. It is only in the last few decades that serious efforts have begun to be made to integrate evolutionary biology into the medical curriculum. However, it is not clear when, where independently or as part of preclinical or clinical teaching courses and, most importantly, how should medical students learn the basic principles of evolutionary biology applied to medicine, known today as evolutionary or Darwinian medicine. Most clinicians are ill-prepared to teach evolutionary biology and most evolutionary biologists ill-equipped to formulate clinical examples. Yet, if evolutionary science is to have impact on clinical thought, then teaching material that embeds evolution within the clinical framework must be developed. In this paper, we use two clinical case studies to demonstrate how such may be used to teach evolutionary medicine to medical students in a way that is approachable as well as informative and relevant.

KeywordsEvolutionary medicine Curriculum Medical education Case study Scurvy Cancers of female reproductive tract Medical students  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Tatjana Buklijas - Felicia M. Low - Alan S. Beedle - Peter D. Gluckman

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