Human Biologists in the Archives: Demography, Health, Nutrition and Genetics in Historical Populations

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This book describes how archival data inform anthropological questions about human biology and health. The authors present a diverse array of human biological evidence from a variety of sources including the archaeological record, medical collections, church records, contemporary health and growth data, and genetic information from the descendants of historical populations. The contributions demonstrate how the analysis of historical documents expands the horizons of research in human biology, extends the longitudinal analysis of microevolutionary and social processes into the present, and enhances the understanding of the human condition.

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"The collection is of high standard overall and each of the contributions contains something of interest..." American Journal of Human Biology
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D. Ann Herring is Associate Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University, Ontario.

Alan C. Swedlund is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

1 Human biologists in the archives: demography, health, nutrition and genetics in historical populations 1
2 The use of archives in the study of microevolution: changing demography and epidemiology in Escazu, Costa Rica 11
3 Anthropometric data and population history 32
4 For everything there is a season: Chumash Indian births, marriages, and deaths at the Alta California missions 53
5 Children of the poor: infant mortality in the Erie County Almshouse during the mid nineteenth century 78
6 Worked to the bone: the biomechanical consequences of 'labor therapy' at a nineteenth century asylum 96
7 Monitored growth: anthropometrics and health history records at a private New England middle school, 1935-1960 130
8 Scarlet fever epidemics of the nineteenth century: a case of evolved pathogenic virulence? 159
9 The ecology of a health crisis: Gibraltar and the 1865 cholera epidemic 178
10 War and population composition in Aland, Finland 216
11 Infectious diseases in the historical archives: a modeling approach 234
12 Where were the women? 266
13 Malnutrition among northern peoples of Canada in the 1940s: an ecological and economic disaster 289
14 Archival research in physical anthropology 311
Index 337
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