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Urbanism, Health and Human Biology in Industrialised Countries

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Lawrence M. Schell, Stanley J. Ulijaszek, A. J. McMichael, David Clark, R. Huss-Ashmore, C. Behrman, George DiFerdinando, P. T. Ellison, A. D. Stark, J. Peters, E. Dowler, F. E. Johnston, P. Gordon-Larsen, S. Czerwinski, Tessa M. Pollard, M. Parker
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  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521620970

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  • Over 70% of the population in industrialized nations live in cities; in the next decade so will most of the world's entire population. This volume examines the impact of urban living on human health and biology. Cities pose numerous and diverse social and biological challenges to human populations. These challenges bear little resemblance to the forces that molded human biology throughout millions of years of evolution. Urban populations in industrialized nations have distinctive patterns of behavior, social stratification, stress, infectious disease, diet, activity, and exposure to pollutants from years of industrialization. These features affect diverse aspects of human function including human nutrition, energy expenditure, growth, and reproduction.

    • Urban living is THE most important and widespread change in human living conditions ever, and will be experienced by most of the world's population within the next few years
    • Covers direct and indirect effects of city-living on our health, biology and behaviour in already industrialised nations
    • Written by prestigious experts from a wide range of disciplines from medicine to social science
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    "...the authors and editors are to be commended for producing a timely and balanced volume highlighting the interplay between the environment and human informative and very readable volume." American Journal of Human Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521620970
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Part I. The Urban Environment:
    1. Urbanism, urbanisation, health and human biology: an introduction Lawrence M. Schell and Stanley J. Ulijaszek
    2. Urbanisation and urbanism in industrialised nations, 1850–present: implications for health A. J. McMichael
    3. Urban development and change: present patterns and future prospects David Clark
    4. Traditional environments: health and the perception of permanence in urban micro-environments R. Huss-Ashmore and C. Behrman
    Part II. Epidemiology:
    5. Emerging infectious diseases: biology and behaviour in the inner city George DiFerdinando
    6. Fecundity and ovarian function in urban environments P. T. Ellison
    7. Pollution and child health L. M. Schell and A. D. Stark
    8. Urbanism and health in industrialised Asia J. Peters
    Part III. Poverty and Health:
    9. Urban poverty and nutrition in the United Kingdom E. Dowler
    10. Poverty, nutrition and obesity in the USA F. E. Johnston and P. Gordon-Larsen
    11. Nutritional status and its health consequences among low-income urban pregnant women: diet and environmental toxicants S. Czerwinski
    Part IV. Behaviour and Stress:
    12. Urbanism and psychosocial stress Tessa M. Pollard
    13. Physical activity, lifestyle and health of urban populations S. J. Ulijaszek
    14. HIV transmission in urban environments: London and beyond M. Parker
    Part V. The Future:
    15. The future of urban environments S. J. Ulijaszek and L. M. Schell

  • Editors

    L. M. Schell, State University of New York, Albany

    S. J. Ulijaszek, University of Oxford


    Lawrence M. Schell, Stanley J. Ulijaszek, A. J. McMichael, David Clark, R. Huss-Ashmore, C. Behrman, George DiFerdinando, P. T. Ellison, A. D. Stark, J. Peters, E. Dowler, F. E. Johnston, P. Gordon-Larsen, S. Czerwinski, Tessa M. Pollard, M. Parker

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