Biodiversity and Human Health / Edition 1

Biodiversity and Human Health / Edition 1

by Jensa Bell
     
 

The implications of biodiversity loss for the global environment have been widely discussed, but only recently has attention been paid to its direct and serious effects on human health. Biodiversity loss affects the spread of human diseases, causes a loss of medical models, diminishes the supplies of raw materials for drug discovery and biotechnology, and threatens… See more details below

Overview

The implications of biodiversity loss for the global environment have been widely discussed, but only recently has attention been paid to its direct and serious effects on human health. Biodiversity loss affects the spread of human diseases, causes a loss of medical models, diminishes the supplies of raw materials for drug discovery and biotechnology, and threatens food production and water quality. Biodiversity and Human Health brings together leading thinkers on the global environment and biomedicine to explore the human health consequences of the loss of biological diversity. Based on a two-day conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution, the book opens a dialogue among experts from the fields of public health, biology, epidemiology, botany, ecology, demography, and pharmacology on this vital but often neglected concern.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559635011
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ABOUT ISLAND PRESS,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Foreword,
Preface,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
PART I - Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Loss for Human Health,
CHAPTER 1 - Global Environmental Degradation and Biodiversity Loss: Implications for Human Health,
CHAPTER 2 - Earthly Dominion: Population Growth, Biodiversity, and Health,
CHAPTER 3 - Biodiversity and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Integrating Health and Ecosystem Monitoring,
CHAPTER 4 - Fatal Synergisms: Interactions between Infectious Diseases, Human Population Growth, and Loss of Biodiversity,
CHAPTER 5 - Biodiversity Loss in and around Agroecosystems,
PART II - Drug Discovery from Biological Diversity,
CHAPTER 6 - The Origins of Prescription Drugs,
CHAPTER 7 - Natural Products for the Treatment of Infectious Diseases,
CHAPTER 8 - Capturing the Chemical Value of Biodiversity: Economic Perspectives and Policy Prescriptions,
PART III - Biodiversity and Traditional Health Systems,
CHAPTER 9 - Indigenous Peoples and Conservation,
CHAPTER 10 - Medicinal Plants for Healing the Planet: Biodiversity and Environmental Health Care,
CHAPTER 11 - Returning Benefits from Ethnobotanical Drug Discovery to Native Communities,
PART IV - An Agenda for the Future: Conserving Biodiversity and Human Health,
CHAPTER 12 - A Paradigm for the Equitable Sharing of Benefits Resulting from Biodiversity Research and Development,
CHAPTER 13 - Integrating Drug Discovery, Biodiversity Conservation, and Economic Development: Early Lessons from the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups,
CHAPTER 14 - Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Loss: Liquidation of Natural Capital and Biodiversity Resource Development in Costa Rica,
CHAPTER 15 - Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: Myths, Realities, and Potential,
CHAPTER 16 - Opportunities for Collaboration between the Biomedical and Conservation Communities,
AFTERWORD - A Proposal for a National Council on Biodiversity and Human Health,
Contributors,
Index,
ISLAND PRESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS,

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