Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

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Front Cover of Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic | Stanford University Press

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Media Type: Book - Recent

Date of Publication: March 28, 2018

Year of Publication: 2018

Publication City: Stanford, CA

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Author(s): Sandra Kahn, Paul R. Ehrlich

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Pause for a moment to look around and note how industrialization has changed your everyday life. The way we eat, the way we work and play, the way we sleep, and even the way we die are all fundamentally different for us than for our ancestors. In the breakthrough book, Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic, pioneering orthodontist Sandra Kahn and evolutionist Paul R. Ehrlich come together to explain how industrialization is also contributing to a silent epidemic that is right under our noses.

Jaws is the landmark book in what I call ‘Darwinian Dentistry’, which is a novel approach to understanding the underlying reasons, from an evolutionary perspective, for why the phenomenon of cultural industrialization also tends to produce pandemic proportions of misaligned jaws and crooked teeth.”


–Kevin Boyd, DDS (Pediatric Dentist), M.Sc. (Human Nutrition) is an attending clinical instructor and Sleep Medicine consultant at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.  He is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

In Jaws, the authors present the biological, dietary, and cultural changes that have led to a rapid shift in oral evolution towards smaller jaws and crooked, crowded teeth. They explore the serious health implications of such afflictions including sleep deprivation and heart disease before concluding with simple adjustments that people can actually follow!

“You’ll discover the widespread consequences of how you carry out such seemingly mundane, automatic, and repetitive acts as breathing, smiling, and sleeping – and how your ways of doing those things affect peoples’ perceptions of you.  Read, enjoy, learn, and prepare to be astonished!”


–Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA, is the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and other books.

Front Cover of Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic | Stanford University PressIn bringing attention to the rarely noticed epidemic of poor jaw development and sleep deprivation, the authors see the opportunity to address a preventable, yet expanding public health burden. The opportunity to arm people with the information needed to save themselves and their loved ones both misery and expense. Jaws is a must read for parents, parents to be, pediatricians, and friends concerned about sleeping and breathing disorders as well as anyone concerned about what our industrial society is doing to us in subtle, unexpected, and significant ways.

Paul R. Ehrlich and Sandra Kahn recently joined Julie Rose for an interview on BYUradio’s Top of Mind.

Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

For media inquiries please contact Joan Diamond.

All sales will be donated to either the MAHB or relevant dental/orthodonture endeavors.

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  • stevenearlsalmony

    This is one completely unforeseen and remarkably astute presentation. Thank you, authors.