The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World

The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World

by Robert William Fogel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521808782

ISBN-13: 9780521808781

Pub. Date: 06/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nobel laureate Robert Fogel’s compelling new study examines health, nutrition and technology over the last three centuries and beyond. Throughout most of human history, chronic malnutrition has been the norm. During the past three centuries, however, a synergy between improvements in productive technology and in human physiology has enabled humans to more than double

Overview

Nobel laureate Robert Fogel’s compelling new study examines health, nutrition and technology over the last three centuries and beyond. Throughout most of human history, chronic malnutrition has been the norm. During the past three centuries, however, a synergy between improvements in productive technology and in human physiology has enabled humans to more than double their average longevity and to increase their body size by over fifty percent. Larger, healthier humans have contributed to the acceleration of economic growth and technological change, resulting in reduced economic inequality, declining hours of work and a corresponding increase in leisure time. Increased longevity has also brought increased demand for health care. Fogel argues that health care should be viewed as the growth industry of the twenty-first century and systems of financing it should be reformed. His book will be essential reading for all interested in economics, demography, history and health care policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521808781
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #38
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The persistence of misery in Europe before 1900; 2. Why the twentieth century was remarkable; 3. Tragedies and miracles in the Third World; 4. Prospects for the twenty-first century; 5. Problems of equity in health care; Postscript: how long can we live?; Appendix; Glossary of technical terms; Biographical notes; References.

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