Dr. Paul Turke
Dr. Paul Turke


Dr. Turke talks about when, how, and why our immune system needs to reboot in a podcast interview with Dr. Biology on the "Ask A Biologist" program. Listen to "Rebooting the Immune System"

Dr. Turke is featured in an April 17, 2012, article on New Scientist website, titled: "Hold the painkillers, says 'Darwinian' paediatrician" The Q&A by Jon White takes a look at Darwinian medicine and mentions Dr Turke's upcoming book, "Bringing Up Baby."




"At age 39, I went to medical school. I got there by a circuitous route, with stops along the way in anthropology, evolutionary biology, and immunology. The more typical route is straight and narrow; and littered with multiple-choice exams. Exams and more exams, from high school to retirement, they validate every doctor’s career. Personally, I don’t think much of exams. They conflate factual recall with understanding." - From Bringing Up Baby.

Dr. Paul Turke, the world's first Darwinian pediatrician, is currently at work on his new book, "Bringing Up Baby." Using just the right touch of humor, Dr. Turke's book takes an evolutionary view of common pediatric problems -- from strains and sprains, to anorexia, to depression, to autism -- to understand and, ultimately, to help solve them. He's done theoretical work in biology on the evolution of sex, complexity and senescence; he's done fieldwork in anthropology and demography on the Micronesian islands of Ifaluk and Yap; and he's done clinical work in pediatrics for more than a decade.

Dr. Turke is a practicing pediatrician with offices in Ann Arbor and Chelsea, Mich. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University and did his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Mott Children's Hospital. He is a board certified pediatrican and has privileges at both the University of Michigan Hospitals and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.