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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Medical Symbiotics

Medical Symbiotics

(p.206) (p.207) 18 Medical Symbiotics
Chimeras and Consciousness

Jessica Hope Whiteside

Dorion Sagan

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the symbiotic and evolutionary bases of human health. It argues that modern medicine should reflect the new understanding of humans as multigenomic beings with an ancient evolutionary history. It suggests that health must be seen in the context of microecology (the cell communities of the body) and evolutionary change. This chapter shows that a new science, “medical symbiotics,” might be organized, planned, and funded that would study health from a cosmic and microecological standpoint.

Keywords:   human health, modern medicine, multigenomic beings, microecology, evolutionary change, medical symbiotics

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