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
     
 

McMichael (epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) traces how changes in human biology, culture, and the surrounding environment have influences patterns of health and disease from prehistory to the present time. Arguing that the health of human populations is primarily a product of ecological circumstance, he looks at how those circumstances are… See more details below

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McMichael (epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) traces how changes in human biology, culture, and the surrounding environment have influences patterns of health and disease from prehistory to the present time. Arguing that the health of human populations is primarily a product of ecological circumstance, he looks at how those circumstances are in turn affected by the actions of human societies. The settling of humans in agricultural societies and the rise of industrial urban life are seen by McMichael as two of the great changes in the human ecological relationship with disease. After discussing the evolution of the human relationship with disease and the ecology, he explores how current changes such as global warming could affect vectors of human disease. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521004947
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Tony (A. J.) 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 dietary, environmental and climatic influences on health. He has enthusiasms for palaeoanthropology and social history. His previous book published by Cambridge University Press in 1993 was Planetary Overload (ISBN 0521 55871 9), a widely acclaimed and influential account of global environmental change and the health of the human species.

Table of Contents

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Preface
1Disease patterns in human biohistory1
2Human biology: the Pleistocene inheritance30
3Adapting to diversity: climate, food and infection58
4Infectious disease: humans and microbes coevolving88
5The Third Horseman: food, farming and famines123
6The industrial era: the Fifth Horseman?152
7Longer lives and lower birth rates185
8Modern affluence: lands of milk and honey220
9Cities, social environments and synapses250
10Global environmental change: overstepping limits283
11Health and disease: an ecological perspective318
12Footprints to the future: treading less heavily341
Notes366
Index403

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