Survival of the Sickest (book)

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Survival of the Sickest:
The Surprising Connections
Between Disease and Longevity
Author Sharon Moalem
Peter Satonick
Country United States
Language English
Subject Science
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
February 6, 2007
Media type Hardback & Paperback
Pages 288 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-06-088965-9 (Hardback)
Followed by How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity is a 2007 New York Times Bestselling popular science book by Sharon Moalem, an evolutionary biologist and neurogeneticist, and Peter Satonick, senior advisor and speechwriter for the Clinton administration.[1][2] It was originally titled, Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease.


The book is a collection of case studies, which use scientific and historical data to support the individual proposed hypotheses, and the overall argument for a connection between some illnesses and increased longevity.[1][3] Or, how many of the medical conditions that are diseases were the result of evolutionary changes that gave our ancestors a "leg up in the survival sweepstakes."[2]

Moalem includes an introduction in which he describes how and why he became interested in the medical sciences. The 2008 paperback edition contains a section entitled "P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More...". Moalem includes recommendations of related books.


Survival of the Sickest debuted on the New York Times bestselling book list and was featured on NBC's Today Show, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.[1][2][4]


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