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Medicine could be constructing human bodies in the future


Saniotis, A; Henneberg, M (2011). Medicine could be constructing human bodies in the future. Medical Hypotheses, 77(4):560-564.

Abstract

In the 21st century human life has been profoundly changed by developments in sanitation, medical interventions and public health measures. Practically every person born into a developed nation population has a chance to survive throughout entire reproductive life and well beyond. Human body has evolved in the past adaptations to hunting-gathering, and later, agricultural ways of life. In the new situation of practically non-existent premature mortality and technologically developed complex societies medical practice will devote less attention to "saving lives"--preventing premature deaths--and more to enhancing capacities of our biological organisms and providing for maintenance of the bodies beyond their biological limits established by evolution. The role of advances in nanotechnology, information technology, neuroscience and biotechnology is discussed in the context of mind and body enhancements.

Abstract

In the 21st century human life has been profoundly changed by developments in sanitation, medical interventions and public health measures. Practically every person born into a developed nation population has a chance to survive throughout entire reproductive life and well beyond. Human body has evolved in the past adaptations to hunting-gathering, and later, agricultural ways of life. In the new situation of practically non-existent premature mortality and technologically developed complex societies medical practice will devote less attention to "saving lives"--preventing premature deaths--and more to enhancing capacities of our biological organisms and providing for maintenance of the bodies beyond their biological limits established by evolution. The role of advances in nanotechnology, information technology, neuroscience and biotechnology is discussed in the context of mind and body enhancements.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:October 2011
Deposited On:02 Feb 2012 21:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0306-9877
Additional Information:Arthur Saniotis, Maciej Henneberg Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit, School of Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Australia *Center for Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zürich, Switzerland = Faculty of Medicine>Institute of Anatomy
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2011.06.031
PubMed ID:21783327

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