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biology in medicine, but few physicians and medical researchers
have taken a course on evolutionary biology, and no medical
school teaches evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine. It is as if engineering students never learned physics.
Filling this gap will require substantial changes in medical
education policies and practices. Our suggestions about content,
and when and how best to teach it, are only a beginning. National
and international organizations such as the AAMC, IOM,
HHMI, and the Wellcome Trust have crucial roles to play in
deciding what evolution education is needed, how to provide it,
and how to implement it. A private foundation could, for a
remarkably small investment, have a major positive impact on
the future of medicine. Many physicians, researchers, and educators stand ready to help do what needs to be done so that
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