Survival Of The Sickest By Dr. Sharon Moalem Essay

1478 Words Aug 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout the New York Times Bestseller, Survival of the Sickest, the author Dr. Sharon Moalem makes many claims in regards to disease and their connections to historical events or causes. Although some of his claims appear to logically connect, others don’t. For example, Dr. Moalem discusses the links between the presence of sickle cell anemia in individuals living near the Mediterranean Sea and their ability to protect themselves from malaria due to this trait. He also speaks of the connection between weather and diabetes. These are claims that can be supported by further evidence. On the other hand, Dr. Moalem provides claims that don’t seem to hold logically or scientifically. An example of this is found when he speaks of the connection hemochromatosis has to the deadliness of plagues after 1347-1350. For the duration of this essay, Dr. Sharon Moalem’s claims will be investigated further and proven to be more or less correct.
Malaria is a disease commonly acquired by the neighboring residents of the Mediterranean Sea. Dr. Moalem claimed that “In Africa, where the heat was an evolutionary argument against denser body hair, people are prone to sickle-cell anemia, which, as we’ll discuss, offers some protection from malaria” (Moalem, 2007). This assertion can be found accurate in a logical and scientific manner. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine stated that the genetic mutation associated with sickle-cell anemia occurred thousands of years ago and continued to…

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