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Biological Anthropology and Aging : Perspectives on Human Variation over the Life Span - Douglas E. Crews

Biological Anthropology and Aging

Perspectives on Human Variation over the Life Span

By: Douglas E. Crews (Editor), Ralph M. Garruto (Editor)

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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.

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"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

ForewordP.T. Baker: Prologue: Human Aging--A Paradigm of Transdisciplinary ResearchD.E.Crews and R.M. Garruto: PART I: Introduction and Background 1: T.P. Miles and J.A. Brody: Aging as a Worldwide Phenomenon PART II: Evolutionary Biology of Aging and Senescence 2: J. Wood et al.: Human Population Biology and the Evolution of Human Aging 3: T. Turner and M.L. Weiss: The Genetics of Longevity in Humans 4: S. Katz and D. Armstrong: Cousin Marriage and the X-Chromosome: Evolution of Longevity and Language PART III: Populations, Environment, and Morbidity 5: C.J. DeRousseau: Primate Gerontology: An Emerging Discipline 6: D.E. Crews and L.M. Gerber: Chronic Degenerative Diseases and Aging 7: P.J. Mayer: Human Immune System Aging 8: M.J. Strong and R.M. Garruto: Neuronal Aging and Age-Related Disorders of the Human Nervous System 9: W. Stini: Nutrition and Aging: Intraindividual Variation 10: C.C. Plato, K.M. Fox and J.D. Tobin: Skeletal Changes in Human Aging 11: S.M. Garn: Fat, Lipid and Blood Pressure Changes in the Adult Years 12: G.D. James and M.A. Pecker: Aging and Blood Pressure 13: C. Beall: Aging and Adaptation to the Environment PART IV: Methods for Aging Research and Ongoing Programs14: L.J. Brant and C.D. Pearson: Modeling the Variability in Longitudinal Patterns of Aging 15: S.R. Loth and M.Y. Iscan: Morphological Indictors of Skeletal Age 16: P.B. Eveleth: Role of the National Institute on Aging Epilogue: Human Aging--The Scientific Relevance of Transdisciplinary ApproachesR.M. Garruto and D.E. Crews:

ISBN: 9780195068290
ISBN-10: 0195068297
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 11th April 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.97