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A valuable asset for instructors and students alike, Human Growth and Development will appeal to anyone involved in the study of human biology and allied medical disciplines. Written by leading international authorities, 18 chapters cover a wide range of subjects on human growth and maturation -- from the basic stages of growth, to the different influences that may affect them, to the research methods needed to accurately assess them. Packed with important facts and illustrative figures, each well-organized chapter can also double as a 60-minute lecture, allowing instructors to design a course for a variety of classroom audiences. Providing ample opportunity for further independent investigation, detailed reference lists, recommended websites, and other resources for future research round out each chapter. Readers will be hard-pressed to find a more complete resource than Human Growth and Development.

Audience: Professors, researchers and advanced students in medicine, physiotherapy, human biology and development, and anthropology.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
It provides an excellent and detailed overview of the knowledge, theory, and methods in the study of human growth and development. Indeed, Noël Cameron has performed a great service to the field...It was a great idea and it worked.
From the Publisher
"...a conciseness and clarity to the writing..."-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (February 2003)

"Clearly written, a useful text for pediatricians."-JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM (2003)

"... an excellent and detailed overview of the knowledge, theory, and methods in the study of human growth and development."
"... written by 21 authors from diverse scholarly, research, and experimental realms... extensive current reference lists of bibliographies for further study." -J.N. Muzio, CUNY Kingsborough Community College for CHOICE (February 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121566517
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 1,471,638
  • Product dimensions: 1.19 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Noël Cameron was educated at the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and London. He obtained his Ph.D. (Medicine) in 1977, under the supervision of Professor James Tanner, at London University’s Institute of Child Health in which he specialised in the normal and abnormal growth and development of children (1973-1983). From 1984 to 1997 he was a member of the Department of Anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa chaired by Professor Phillip V. Tobias FRS. Professor Cameron was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and to a full Professorship in Anatomy and Human Biology in 1995. He was Head of the Department of Anatomy & Human Biology from 1994-1995. In August 1997 Noël Cameron returned to the Department of Human Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK as Professor of Human Biology. Professor Cameron has published widely in the international press on the subjects of normal and abnormal growth and development with particular reference to children in developing countries. He initiated (1987-1990) and was Director (1990 - 1997) of the Birth To Ten birth-cohort study in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa which has studied the effect of the urban environment on the growth, development, health and wellbeing of over 3000 children. His current research interests include factors affecting the development of peak bone mass during adolescence, factors influencing the acquisition of obesity during childhood and adolescence, and the determinants of sedentary behaviour in adolescents. Funding for his research is through the Wellcome Trust, the South African Medical research Council, the Anglo-American Corporation, the University of the Witwatersrand, and Loughborough University. Noël Cameron was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Biologists in November 1998. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Human Biology (UK) and of the Executive Committee of the Human Biology Association (USA). Noël Ca

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Table of Contents

1 Human Growth Curve, Canalization, and Catch-Up Growth 1
2 Growth in Infancy and Childhood: A Pediatric Approach 21
3 Adolescence: Somatic Growth and Sex Differences 45
4 Puberty 65
5 Endocrinology of Growth 85
6 The Genetic Epidemiology of Growth and Development 103
7 Nutrition and Growth 139
8 Environmental Effects on Growth 165
9 Social and Economic Influences on Growth and Secular Trends 197
10 Endocrine Disorders of Growth 213
11 Genetically Determined Growth Disorders 237
12 Saltation and Stasis 253
13 Body Composition During Growth and Development 271
14 The Evolution of Human Growth 295
15 Exercise and Growth: Physical Activity as a Factor in Growth and Maturation 321
16 The Assessment of Human Growth 349
17 Assessment of Maturation 363
18 Growth References and Standards 383
Annotated References 415
Index 419
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