Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures / Edition 1

Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures / Edition 1

by Tony McMichael
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521004942

ISBN-13: 9780521004947

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Charting the relentless trajectory of humankind across time and geography, Tony McMichael highlights the changing survival patterns of our ancient ancestors, who roamed the African savannahs several million years ago, to today's populous, industrialized, and globalized world. McMichael explores the changes in human biology, culture, and surrounding environments

Overview

Charting the relentless trajectory of humankind across time and geography, Tony McMichael highlights the changing survival patterns of our ancient ancestors, who roamed the African savannahs several million years ago, to today's populous, industrialized, and globalized world. McMichael explores the changes in human biology, culture, and surrounding environments that have influenced patterns of health and disease over the course of humankind's history, arguing that the health of populations is primarily a product of the interaction of human societies with the wider environment, its various ecosystems, and other life-support processes. Tony McMichael is professor of epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has held positions in Australia, USA, and UK, and has taught widely in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has advised WHO, UNEP, the World Bank and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on public health issues. His previous book, Planetary Overload (Cambridge University Press, 1993) was a widely acclaimed and influential account of global environmental change and the health of the human species.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521004947
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Disease patterns in human biohistory; 2. Human biology: the Pleistocene inheritance; 3. Adapting to diversity: climate, food and infection; 4. Infectious disease: humans and microbes coevolving; 5. The third horseman: food, farming and famines; 6. The industrial era: the fifth horseman?; 7. Longer lives and lower birth rates; 8. Modern affluence: lands of milk and honey; 9. Cities, social environments and synapses; 10. Global environmental change: overstepping limits; 11. Health and disease: an ecological perspective; 12. Footprints to the future: treading less heavily; Notes; Index.

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