Big History From a Physician’s Perspective
This replaces my previous post entitled From Medicine to Big History. In it I attempted to introduce my formal field of training in Medicine to Big History in light of my recent introduction to Big History and the impact it has had.
I want to make the reader aware that some intersection of these disciplines already exists in some important ways in the field of Evolutionary Medicine, which is a subject not covered in typical medical training, and not in my training. However, I have come to learn that Evolutionary medicine is already a robust field from which there are lessons that take something like a Big History approach, and in which there already accomplished scholars. The work they've done is not for me to replicate. To the interested reader I commend evolutionary medicine efforts, and welcome any discussion.
I'm a big fan of evolutionary medicine and Randy Nesse in particular. I think looking at medical situations from an evolutionary perspective is enlightening, sometimes revolutionary, and this approach can be extended into psychiatry. I think many times medicine and psychiatry have labeled some things as malfunctions when they're actually nature's solution to a deeper, hidden problem the brain or body is silently struggling to resolve. For example, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing, pain, fatigue, fear, guilt, shame, anger, are all things that evolved to protect us from some sort of harm. Nothing in medicine makes sense except in the light of evolution.