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

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

by D. Ann Herring, Alan C. Swedlund
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521020115

ISBN-13: 9780521020114

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume of 14 papers focuses on the use of archival records to answer historical and current questions about human health and biology. Editors Herring (anthropology, McMaster U., Hamilton, Canada) and Swedlund (anthropology, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst) suggest that data from church registers, medical collections, schools, and emigration offices, and other

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This volume of 14 papers focuses on the use of archival records to answer historical and current questions about human health and biology. Editors Herring (anthropology, McMaster U., Hamilton, Canada) and Swedlund (anthropology, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst) suggest that data from church registers, medical collections, schools, and emigration offices, and other unintended sources may aid important scientific discoveries such as the human biology of past populations. The collection may interest students and researchers in a variety of scientific and health fields including biology, evolutionary anthropology, genetics, and human biohistory. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521020114
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #35
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword S. Silverman and M. A. Little; 1. Human biology in the archives A. Swedlund and D. A. Herring; 2. The use of archives in the study of microevolution: changing demography and epidemiology of Esxazú, Costa Rica L. Madrigal; 3. Anthropometric data and population history J. H. Relethford; 4. For everything there is a season: Chumash Indian births, marriages and deaths at the Alta California missions P. L. Walker and J. R. Johnson; 5. Children of the poor: infant mortality in the Erie County Almshouse during the mid-nineteenth century R. L. Higgins; 6. Worked to the bone: the biomechanical consequences of 'labour therapy' at a nineteenth century asylum S. Phillips; 7. Monitored growth: anthropometrics and health history records at a private New England middle school, 1935-60 L. Leidy Sievert; 8. Scarlet Fever epidemics of the nineteenth century; a case of evolved pathogenic virulence? A. Swedlund and A. Donta; 9. The ecology of a health crisis: Gibraltar and the 1965 cholera epidemic L. A. Sawchuck and S. D. A. Burke; 10. War and population composition in Åland, Finland J. H. Mielke; 11. Infectious diseases in the historical archives: a modelling approach L. Sattenspiel; 12. Where were the women? A. Grauer; 13. Malnutrition among northern peoples of Canada in the 1940s: an ecological and economic disaster D. A. Herring, S. Abonyi and R. D. Hoppa; 14. Archival research in physical anthropology M. T. Smith; Index.

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