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Overview

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development is a comprehensive but accessible account of the current understanding of the factors affecting human growth and development. Over 120 internationally renowned experts have contributed to the book, covering topics such as fetal and postnatal growth, the relative impact of genetic and environmental factors, behavioral development, growth abnormalities, the human lifespan, and the prospects for future generations. Extensively illustrated with photographs, graphs, and diagrams, it offers a great breadth of topic coverage, providing insights into the subject for those not familiar with the area.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martin T. Stein, MD (UCSD Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive, up-to-date, multiauthored text that covers a multidisciplinary field of study that includes pediatrics, epidemiology, public health, anthropology, psychology, and endocrinology.
Purpose: It explores a wide range of intellectual fields that have brought both scholarship and practical applications to our understanding of human growth. The editors view the study of growth and development in its broadest context that incorporates clinical measurements, population epidemiology, and the interactions between genetic endowment and environmental experience.
Audience: The book is written for "...health professionals, biologists, anthropologists, and educators." It is a valuable reference for medical students, residents in pediatrics and family medicine, graduate students and clinical fellows in medical genetics and dysmorphology, practicing pediatricians who seek knowledge beyond a standard general textbook, and medical school faculty who teach human growth and development courses. The consistent academic credibility of the contributors supports this broad recommendation.
Features: The book begins with an extensive, well-organized discussion of the measurement and assessment of growth that explores the creation and use of growth references. Fetal and postnatal growth, genetic contributions, and growth abnormalities are reviewed with contemporary scientific information. The interaction between genes and environment is given credibility by exploring aspects of culture, geography, and socioeconomic change. Contributions of clinical cases, new imaging techniques, and molecular biology are used throughout the text. The section on behavioral and cognitive development is brief compared to the emphasis on physical growth, but it is informative. Graphs and charts are especially well designed to enhance the meaning of the text. Photographs and the art of children throughout the world are reminders of the practical applications of particular topics. Highlighted subtexts (e.g., growth of twins, genetics and body fatness, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and aging and metabolic change) are intriguing. The appendix includes brief biographies of contributors to the field over the past 300 years. A glossary of technical terms is useful for those readers learning about a new discipline.
Assessment: This is an engaging book for clinicians and scientists interested in the field of human growth and development. The enormous breadth of material that represents a wide variety of disciplines, clear and precise writing, and a combination of historical and contemporary knowledge combine to make this an outstanding text that will be read for many years. The editors and contributors are experts in their areas, and they have brought the latest information into each discussion. The reader comes away with scholarly knowledge about all aspects of physical measurement and an appreciation of the influence of genetic, physiological, social, economic, and nutritional variables on human growth.
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"Written by many distinguished academics from around the world, this work presents human growth and development in short, easy-to-understand chapters. The result is a rich resource full of detailed and relevant information on all aspects of growth and development across the human life span...no other current work looks at growth and development in this same way." Library Journal

"Many interesting topics not covered in other sources appear here.... The Cambridge Encylclopedia of Human Growth and Development will be most useful for academic health-sciences and social-sciences collections, but large public libraries where there is sufficient interest will also want to consider it." Reference Books Bulletin

"This is an engaging book for clinicians and scientists interested in the field of human growth and development. The enormous breadth of material that represents a wide variety of disciplines, clear and precise writing, and a combination of historical and contemporary knowledge combine to make this an outstanding text that will be read for many years. The editors and contributors are experts in their areas, and they have brought the latest information into each discussion. The reader comes away with scholarly knowledge about all aspects of physical measurement and an appreciation of the influence of genetic, physiological, social, economic, and nutritional variables on human growth." Martin T. Stein, MD, Doody Publishng, Inc.

"The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development will be most useful for academic health-sciences and social-sciences collections...." Booklist

"This fine reference provides overviews of measurement, fetal and postnatal development, genetic and environmental influences, basic and changing growth patterns over the life span, cognitive and behavioral development,abnormalities and their causes, etc." Choice

"...this book may be viewed as the "Britannica" for human growth and development. I highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in this exciting field of study." American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Martin T. Stein
This is a comprehensive, up-to-date, multiauthored text that covers a multidisciplinary field of study that includes pediatrics, epidemiology, public health, anthropology, psychology, and endocrinology. It explores a wide range of intellectual fields that have brought both scholarship and practical applications to our understanding of human growth. The editors view the study of growth and development in its broadest context that incorporates clinical measurements, population epidemiology, and the interactions between genetic endowment and environmental experience. The book is written for ""...health professionals, biologists, anthropologists, and educators."" It is a valuable reference for medical students, residents in pediatrics and family medicine, graduate students and clinical fellows in medical genetics and dysmorphology, practicing pediatricians who seek knowledge beyond a standard general textbook, and medical school faculty who teach human growth and development courses. The consistent academic credibility of the contributors supports this broad recommendation. The book begins with an extensive, well-organized discussion of the measurement and assessment of growth that explores the creation and use of growth references. Fetal and postnatal growth, genetic contributions, and growth abnormalities are reviewed with contemporary scientific information. The interaction between genes and environment is given credibility by exploring aspects of culture, geography, and socioeconomic change. Contributions of clinical cases, new imaging techniques, and molecular biology are used throughout the text. The section on behavioral and cognitive development is brief compared to theemphasis on physical growth, but it is informative. Graphs and charts are especially well designed to enhance the meaning of the text. Photographs and the art of children throughout the world are reminders of the practical applications of particular topics. Highlighted subtexts (e.g., growth of twins, genetics and body fatness, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and aging and metabolic change) are intriguing. The appendix includes brief biographies of contributors to the field over the past 300 years. A glossary of technical terms is useful for those readers learning about a new discipline. This is an engaging book for clinicians and scientists interested in the field of human growth and development. The enormous breadth of material that represents a wide variety of disciplines, clear and precise writing, and a combination of historical and contemporary knowledge combine to make this an outstanding text that will be read for many years. The editors and contributors are experts in their areas, and they have brought the latest information into each discussion. The reader comes away with scholarly knowledge about all aspects of physical measurement and an appreciation of the influence of genetic, physiological, social, economic, and nutritional variables on human growth.
Library Journal
Written by many distinguished academics from around the world, this work presents human growth and development in short, easy-to-understand chapters. The result is a rich resource full of detailed and relevant information on all aspects of growth and development across the human life span, from genetics and the environment to anthropometry (body measurements) and cognitive skills. The heavily illustrated chapters often include sidebars to clarify terms, processes, and ideas. Because of the work's broad scope and accessibility, it is limited in the depth that can be devoted to topics, though an extensive list of further readings is included. Still, no other current work looks at growth and development in this same way. Of interest to a wide range of readers, from high school students to healthcare workers, this new work is recommended for most libraries.Eric D. Albright, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521560467
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 509
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Measurement and Assessment N. Cameron; Part II. Patterns of Human Growth B. Bogin; Part III. Genetics of Growth S. J. Ulijaszek; Part IV. Fetal Growth I. Hughes; Part V. Postnatal Growth and Maturation R. Malina; Part VI. Behavioural and Cognitive Development P. Parisi; Part VII. Clinical Growth Abnormalities M. Preece; Part VIII. Environmental Factors Influencing Birth Weight L. Schell; Part IX. Ecology of Postnatal Growth F. Johnston; Part X. Between-Population Differences in Human Growth S. Ulijaszek; Part XI. Changing Human Growth Patterns G. Lindgren; Part XII. The Human Lifespan S. Ulijaszek; part of the development process D. Crews, and G. Harper; Part XIII. The Future S. Ulijaszek; Part XIII. The Future S. Ulijaszek.

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