This timely volume explores evolutionary, cross-cultural, physiological, environmental, and pathological influences on variation in human biological aging. Chapters by leading experts use models traditionally unique to anthropological research in order to illuminate human biological aging as a heterogeneous and variable process. By explicitly emphasizing evolutionary biology and human variation, the book presents the fascinating perspective of human biological aging as the end result of a set of co-adapted genetic complexes associated with successful growth, development, reproduction, and parenting of offspring. While examining human life span and life-history parameters as population-level phenomena, the book also emphasizes human phenotypic plasticity as key to understanding aging. This broad evolutionary perspective is unique in biological gerontology, a field that is often reductionist in method and theory. The book is sure to appeal to students, teachers, and researchers of geriatrics, gerontology, biology and anthropology of aging, and human population biology.
"This volume encompasses a vast amount of information on the biological gerontology of humans."--Biosis "The illustrations and graphics are of high quality and integrate well with the text; the binding and print are excellent."--Choice "The reviews are well written and provide not only a discussion of the basic physiology but a summary of significant work on the patterns of aging and factors that may induce variation. They are written in a readily accessible format and, for instruction, would serve well in providing a more rounded view of the problems of the elderly." --Bioscience
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 11th April 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.9 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.97