Demography and Nutrition: Evidence from Historical and Contemporary Populations (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Medical - 384 pages
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This exciting and important book covers the impact on demography of the nutrition of populations, offering the view that the change from the hunter-gatherer to an agricultural life-style had a major impact on human demography, which still has repercussions today.

Demography and Nutrition takes an interdisciplinary approach, involving time-series analyses, mathematical modelling, aggregative analysis and family reconstitution as well as analysis of data series from Third World countries in the 20th Century. Contents include details and analysis of mortality oscillations, food supplies, famines, fertility and pregnancy, infancy and infant mortality, ageing, infectious diseases, and population dynamics.

The authors, both well known internationally for their work in these areas, have a great deal of experience of population data gathering and analysis. Within the book, they develop the thesis that malnutrition, from which the bulk of the population suffered, was the major factor that regulated demography in historical times, its controlling effect operated via the mother before, during and after pregnancy.

Demography and Nutrition contains a vast wealth of fascinating and vital information and as such is essential reading for a wide range of health professionals including nutritionists, dietitians, public health and community workers. Historians, social scientists, geographers and all those involved in work on demography will find this book to be of great use and interest. Libraries in all university departments, medical schools and research establishments should have copies of this landmark publication available on their shelves.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Mortality Oscillations in 404 English Parishes a Metapopulation Study
Fluctuating Wheat Prices and Malnutrition
Chapter 4 Famine
Chapter 5 Longterm Demographic Effects of even a Small Famine
Chapter 6 Fertility
Chapter 7 Nutrition and Pregnancy
Chapter 8 Infancy
Chapter 12 Iodine Deficiency and Endogenous Mortality
Chapter 13 Seasonality
Chapter 14 Sex Ratios
Chapter 15 Childhood Mortality and Infectious Diseases
Chapter 16 Population Dynamics Disease and Malnutrition in the Nineteenth Century in England
Chapter 17 Ageing
Chapter 18 Conclusions

Chapter 9 Infant Mortality
A Case Study
Chapter 11 The Amelioration of Infant Mortality in Rural England

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About the author (2008)

Susan Scott maintains and international consulting practice through her firm, Fierce Conversations Inc., which provides Fierce Leadership, and Fierce Coaching programs to CEO's and executives. For fourteen years, she ran think tanks and seminars for business leaders through The Executive Committee (TEC) International. Scott was raised in Tennessee and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Christopher J. Duncan is Emeritus Professor of Zoology also in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

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