Academic work by Margie Profet:
Profet, M. (1988), The Evolution of
Pregnancy Sickness as Protection to the Embryo Against Pleistocene
Teratogens, Evolutionary Theory
8: 177–190. (View article)
M. (1991), The
Function of Allergy: Immunological Defense Against Toxins,
The Quarterly Review of Biology 66
(1): 23–62. (Abstract)
M. (1992). Chapter 8: Pregnancy Sickness as Adaptation: A
Deterrent to Maternal Ingestion of Teratogens. In Barkow,
J. H., Cosmides, L., & Tooby,
Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture.
Oxford University Press. pp. 327–366. (View chapter)
M. (1993) Menstruation
as a Defense Against Pathogens Transported by Sperm,
The Quarterly Review of Biology 68
(3): 335–386. (Abstract)
Commentaries relating to Margie Profet's work:
Radical New View of Role of Menstruation, New York Times, 21st September, 1993.
"School Isn't My Kind of Thing" Time, 4th September, 1993.
Curse No More
Magazine, 11th October 1993.
Margie Profet: Co-Evolution Omni, May, 1994.
Some References to Alternative Views:
Forbes, S. (2002) Pregnancy sickness and embryo quality. Trends in Evolution & Ecology 17(3): 115-120.
Strassmann, B.I. (1996) The evolution of endometrial cycles and menstruation. Quarterly Review of Biology 71 (2): 181-220.
Finn, C.A. (1998) Menstruation: A non-adaptive consequence of uterine evolution. Quarterly Review of Biology 73 (2): 163-173.
Strassmann, B.I. (1999) Energy economy in the evolution of menstruation. Evolutionary Anthropology 5 (5): 157-164.
Hall, R. (2004) An energetics-based approach to understanding the menstrual cycle and menopause. Human Nature 15 (1): 83-99.