Human Longevity

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This absorbing, balanced account of human longevity draws together information from the fields of medicine, biology, demography, epidemiology, gerontology, and sociology. It describes the history and present status of human longevity and deals in logical sequence with the questions this subject raises. The book illustrates how life expectancy has increased in most countries due, in part, to changing causes of death. It examines the biological determinants of longevity and analyzes social and behavioral factors ...
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This absorbing, balanced account of human longevity draws together information from the fields of medicine, biology, demography, epidemiology, gerontology, and sociology. It describes the history and present status of human longevity and deals in logical sequence with the questions this subject raises. The book illustrates how life expectancy has increased in most countries due, in part, to changing causes of death. It examines the biological determinants of longevity and analyzes social and behavioral factors that may reduce longevity. The book covers the reasons why women live longer than men. It asks why the maximum human life span is nearly twice that of any other warm-blooded animal and much longer than required for reproductive success, and it discusses factors that were involved in the evolution of longevity. It presents predictable increases in human life expectancy and explores the possibility that the maximum human life expectancy may become even longer. Accessible, comprehensive, and original, this book provides a multidisciplinary synthesis of ideas and conclusions about human longevity. It will have wide appeal to professionals in the many areas concerned with longevity as well as lay readers.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book discusses human longevity from the perspectives of life sciences, clinical medicine and pathology, and the social sciences.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the findings on human longevity from perspectives of demography, genetics, biology, medicine, pathology, and the social sciences.
Audience: The audience is professionals in the disciplines above concerned with human longevity. It is appropriate for this group of persons.
Features: The text is well illustrated and contains pertinent references and a very good index.
Assessment: This book reviews the concept of longevity from demographic, biological, medical, and behavioral perspectives. In some instances, the analysis is penetrating; in others, the analysis is superficial.
David O. Staats
This book discusses human longevity from the perspectives of life sciences, clinical medicine and pathology, and the social sciences. "The purpose is to review the findings on human longevity from perspectives of demography, genetics, biology, medicine, pathology, and the social sciences. "The audience is professionals in the disciplines above concerned with human longevity. It is appropriate for this group of persons. "The text is well illustrated and contains pertinent references and a very good index. "This book reviews the concept of longevity from demographic, biological, medical, and behavioral perspectives. In some instances, the analysis is penetrating; in others, the analysis is superficial.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083132
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

David W.E. Smith, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Pathology and the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University. He was trained in pathology at Yale University and did research at the National Institutes of Health. Most of his career has been spent studying the molecular biology of translation - the involvement of tRNA molecules in hemoglobin synthesis. In 1987 he organized a conference of the National Institute on Aging about why women live longer than men, and his principal interest since that time has been human longevity.

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Table of Contents

1 Mortality: Survival and Longevity 3
2 Causes of Death 20
3 Biomedical Determinants of Longevity 43
4 Behavioral and Societal Determinants of Longevity 62
5 Women Live Longer than Men 78
6 The Evolution of Human Longevity 99
7 Human Longevity in the Future 113
8 Human Longevity Seen from the Perspective of This Book 129
Appendix 133
References 145
Index 167
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