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Human Population Biology : A Transdisciplinary Science - Michael A. Little

Human Population Biology

A Transdisciplinary Science

By: Michael A. Little (Editor), Jere D. Haas (Editor)

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Published: 18th May 1989
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This book is a careful integration of the social and biological sciences, drawing on anthropology, biology, human ecology and medicine to provide a comprehensive understanding of how our species adapts to natural and man-made environments. Part I presents techniques to adapt and apply demographic methods to small populations, particularly important for studying non-Western populations. Part II discusses the relationship of medical genetics to human adaptability and patterns of disease in non-Western populations. Part III covers capacity, climatic stress, and nutrition. Part IV presents methods for growth assessment and prediction and addresses the topic of aging. The final section, Part V, presents integrated case studies of human adaptation to high altitude, and patterns of modernization and stress resulting from cultural change.

"A thoroughly professional book, not necessarily easy reading because of the breadth of technical materials covered, but deserves study by any anthropologist interested in the biological process in contemporary human populations; it will also be mined for ideas by a much wider audience of human biologists." --The Quarterly Review of Biology "Characterized by a unity in outlook and approach rarely, if ever, found in multi-authored volume. . . .Interesting and well-written." --Population Studies "The breadth of coverage of the chapters, the chapter bibliographies, and the emphasis on directions for future research make this volume a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any anthropologist or nonanthropologist interested in biocultural aspects of our own species. In addition, I think it will find a niche in upper-level courses or seminars dealing with the subject of human adaptation, whether they are taught in anthropology, physiology, nutrition, ecology, demography, or medical science departments. . . .Stands as a testament to Baker's vision and his teaching." --American Journal of Human Biology "A thoroughly professional book, not necessarily easy reading because of the breadth of technical materials covered, but deserves study by any anthropologist interested in the biological process in contemporary human populations; it will also be mined for ideas by a much wider audience of human biologists." --The Quarterly Review of Biology "Characterized by a unity in outlook and approach rarely, if ever, found in multi-authored volume. . . .Interesting and well-written." --Population Studies "The breadth of coverage of the chapters, the chapter bibliographies, and the emphasis on directions for future research make this volume a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any anthropologist or nonanthropologist interested in biocultural aspects of our own species. In addition, I think it will find a niche in upper-level courses or seminars dealing with the subject of human adaptation, whether they are taught in anthropology, physiology, nutrition, ecology, demography, or medical science departments. . . .Stands as a testament to Baker's vision and his teaching." --American Journal of Human Biology

M. A. Little and J. D. Haas: Introduction: Human Population Biology and the Concept of Transdisciplinarity PART I: Demography and Population 1: P. W. Leslie and T. B. Gage: Demography and Human Population Biology: Problems and Progress 2: T. B. Gage et al.: Demographic Studies and Human Population Biology PART II: Genetics, Epidemiology, and Clinical Medicine 3: C. Hoff, R. M. Garruto and N. Durham: Human Adaptability and Medical Genetics 4: R. M. Garruto et al.: Natural Experimental Models in Human Biology, Epidemiology and Clinical Medicine PART III: Physiology and the Environment 5: C. A. Weitz: An Anthropological Perspective on the Study of Work Capacity 6: J. M. Hanna, M. A. Little, and D. M. Austin: Climatic Physiology 7: J. D. Haas and D. L. Pelletier: Nutrition and Human Population Biology PART IV: The Life Cycle 8: I. G. Pawson, C. C. Ballew, and J. R. Bindon: New Perspectives and Directions in Human Biology and Growth 9: C. M. Beall and C. A. Weitz: The Human Population Biology of Aging PART V: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human Population Biology 10: A. R. Frisancho and L. P. Greksa: Developmental Responses in the Acquisition of Functional Adaptation to High Altitude 11: L. P. Greksa and C. M. Beall: Development of Chest Size and Lung Function at High Altitude 12: C. C. Ballew, R. M. Garruto, and J. D. Haas: High-Altitude Hematology: Paradigm or Enigma? 13: S. T. McGarvey et al.: Modernization and Adiposity: Causes and Consequences 14: G. D. James, D. E. Crews and J. Pearson: Catecholamines and Stress 15: R. B. Thomas, T. B. Gage and M. A. Little: Reflections on Adaptive and Ecological Models

ISBN: 9780195050165
ISBN-10: 0195050169
Series: Research Monographs on Human Population
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th May 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.31 x 16.33  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.78