Our first session was held today at UNM’s Center for Disaster Medicine (2704 Yale SE). As a group, we decided that we would explore different topics each week, as decided by the previous week’s conversation.This is a more organic way to plan a half-semester than the traditional syllabus, but one that will be productive.
Here is the powerpoint from today:introductory-lecture
Our first discussion identified several interesting evolutionary medicine problems to explore:
The question of diet and the Paleolithic diet in particular.
Mental Health. Evolutionary hypotheses for depression. Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28depression-t.html
Drug abuse and addiction.
The caretaker role and medical treatment fads – do they have an evolutionary basis?
(We will have to find some relevant literature on this.)
Please read all the articles so that we can have a good discussion. To start on thursday we will continue our discussion on diet and move on to other topics as time permits.
Grading: Participation (80%) Final Essay (20%)