People endured for millennia due to four survival traits: “hunger, thirst, fear” and the “blood’s ability to clot.” Now, instead of keeping people alive, these traits account for more than 40% of US deaths. Cardiologist Lee Goldman, dean of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University, provides a fascinating overview of natural selection and genetics. He explains how these traits now work against people’s well-being and why willpower can’t save you, but diet and exercise will help. His insights will inspire health professionals and those who’d like to know why people crave fatal comforts.
About the Author
Lee Goldman, MD, is a cardiologist, dean of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University, and chief executive of Columbia University Medical Center. He has been lead editor of the last six editions of the Goldman-Cecil Medicine textbook, the longest continuously published text in the United States, and has published more than 450 research articles.