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Applications of Biological Anthropology to Human Affairs

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 8

Edited By: CGN Mascie-Taylor and GW Lasker

252 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 2005 | #156136 | ISBN: 0521019354
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Hardback | Aug 1991 | #14355 | ISBN: 0521381126
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The unique contribution made by biological anthropology to human welfare lies in the fundamental understanding it can provide of the dynamic interrelationships between physical and social factors. By understanding these patterns, we can interpret the significance of variation in such measures of human well-being in terms of the incidence of disease and mortality rates. Topics covered include reproductive ecology and fertility, nutritional status in relation to health, and the effects of pollution on growth. In the later chapters, the concepts of physiological adaptation, and Darwinian fitness and its relation to individual physical fitness are explored.

...should interest researchers and advanced students of biological anthropology, epidemiology, population genetics, and physiology...will be essential for anyone at any level who is involved in the applied aspects of human health and welfare. S.D. Stout, Choice


1. Introduction G. W. Lasker; 2. Reproductive ecology and human fertility P. T. Ellison; 3. Nutritional status: its measurement and relation to health C. G. N. Mascie-Taylor; 4. Pollution and human growth: lead, noise, polychlorobiphenol compounds, and toxic wastes L. M. Schell; 5. Human physiological adaptation to high altitude environments L. P. Greksa; 6. Darwinian fitness, physical fitness and physical activity R. M. Malina; 7. Human evolution and the genetic epidemiology of chronic degenerative diseases D. E. Crews and G. D. James; 8. The biology of human aging W. A. Stini; Literature cited; Index.

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