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Minority Populations : Genetics, Demography and Health - A. H. Bittles

Minority Populations

Genetics, Demography and Health

By: A. H. Bittles (Editor), D. F. Roberts (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th November 1992
ISBN: 9780333546949
Number Of Pages: 292

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With large migrant communities now resident in virtually all of the more developed countries, and increasing international awareness of the importance of ethnic factors in health and disease, publication of the present volume is particularly timely. The topics covered focus principally on genetic and demographic aspects of the health of minority populations, with complementary discussion on sociocultural determinants.
The effects of inbreeding on fertility and health are an important subtheme. In the majority of small population groups, inbreeding results from geographical, ethnic or religious constraints. However, in North and sub-Saharan Africa, South, Central and West Asia, marriage to a close relative is widely preferred. Since the combined population of these regions is now more than 900 million, and includes the currently most fertile human groups, predictably the future influence of consanguinity on human demographic trends will be proportionately large.
The need to incorporate ethnic differences as a major factor in formulating and implementing family planning and health care programmes is emphasised in detailed case-studies conducted in developed and less developed countries. In conclusion, the additional influence of inter-ethnic marriage is examined against historical bias in favour of marriage partners from similar backgrounds.

Notes on the Contributors
Minority Populations as Genetic Isolates: The Interpretation of Inbreeding Resultsp. 1
Consanguinity and Genetic Disease in Finland's Swedish-Speaking Minorityp. 14
The Galton Lecture for 1990: The Price of Isolationp. 35
Herero Demographic Historyp. 68
Sociocultural Factors Influencing the Spread of Myotonic Dystrophy in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region of the Province of Quebecp. 83
Consanguineous Marriage in Southern Asia: Incidence, Causes and Effectsp. 102
A Health Profile of Britain's Ethnic Minoritiesp. 119
A Prospective Study on the Health of Birmingham Babies in Different Ethnic Groups: Interim Findingsp. 143
Health Problems of the Turkish Minority in Germany: Experiences with a Prenatal [Beta] Thalassaemia Detection Programmep. 156
Neonatal Screening for Sickle Cell Disease in London Neonatesp. 172
Demographic Characteristics of the Ethnic Minority Populations of Great Britainp. 182
Ethnic Intermarriagep. 208
Assortative Mating Among Minority Ethnic Groups in Moscow and Other Large Cities of the CISp. 241
Future Global Strategies for Health Care Delivery to Minoritiesp. 257
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780333546949
ISBN-10: 0333546946
Series: Studies in Biology, Economy, and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 11th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1