Evolutionary pediatrics

Published on September 29, 2016   41 min

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I'm Paul Turke. I'm going to be telling you a little bit about Evolutionary Pediatrics.
I started off as an anthropologist, worked and helped to develop a field called cooperative breeding in humans. That required me to understand some evolutionary life theory but specially trade-offs between early and late-life events. That led me down the hall to an immunologist at the University of Michigan named Richard Miller, and I collaborated with him as a Postdoc for a while on planning evolutionary theory to the problem of T cells senescence. From that my interests in medical complex peaked, and so I moved to the Michigan State University, where I went to medical school, and after that I came back to the University of Michigan to complete my pediatric residency. And then finally in 1999, I bought a small private pediatric practice. And today, I and our partner Suzanne Thomashow in the small town of Dexter, which is next to Ann Arbor, we take care of over 1,000 different families.