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Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures

ISBN-10: 0521004942
ISBN-13: 9780521004947
Edition: 2001
Authors: Tony McMichael
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Book details

List price: $84.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

This compelling account charts the relentless trajectory of humankind, and its changing survival and disease patterns, across place and time from when our ancient ancestors roamed the African Savannah to todays populous, industrialised, globalising world. This expansion of human frontiers - geographic, climatic, cultural and technological - has encountered frequent setbacks from disease, famine and dwindling resources. The social and environmental transformations wrought by agrarianism, industrialisation, fertility control, social modernisation, urbanisation and mass consumption have profoundly affected patterns of health and disease. Today, as life expectancies rise, the planet's ecosystems are being damaged by the combined weight of population size and intensive economic activity. Global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion and loss of biodiversity pose large-scale hazards to human health and survival. Recognising this, can we achieve a transition to sustainability? This and other profound questions underlie this chronicle of expansive human activity, social change, environmental impact and their health consequences.

Preface
Disease patterns in human biohistory
Human biology: the Pleistocene inheritance
Adapting to diversity: climate, food and infection
Infectious disease: humans and microbes coevolving
The third horseman: food, farming and famines
The industrial era: the fifth horseman?
Longer lives and lower birth rates
Modern affluence: lands of milk and honey
Cities, social environments and synapses
Global environmental change: overstepping limits
Health and disease: an ecological perspective
Footprints to the future: treading less heavily
Notes
Index

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