Western Diseases, Their Emergence and Prevention

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Hubert Carey Trowell, Denis P. Burkitt
Harvard University Press, 1981 - Medical - 456 pages

In this major synthesis of cross-cultural research, 34 distinguished scientists study 25 common metabolic and degenerative diseases characteristic of all advanced Western nations and then examine their incidence in developing countries, among both hunter-gatherers and peasant agriculturalists. Thus the authors provide a unique opportunity to compare epidemiological data reflecting modern modes of life with data influenced by habits and diets dating back 400 generations to the advent of agriculture, and even 200,000 generations or more to the dawn of man.

The results confirm the view that diseases like hypertension, lung cancer, diverticular disease, and appendicitis are maladaptations to environmental factors introduced since the Industrial Revolution. They also demonstrate that such diseases become more prevalent when Western lifestyles are adopted in primitive societies. Certain studies reveal a regression of disease incidence when exercise is increased and a diet high in starch and fiber, low in fat and salt, is resumed--characteristics of a simpler way of life. Western Diseases greatly broadens our perspective on some of the most vexing health problems in our society. It will be an essential reference for epidemiologists, nutritionists, and gastroenterologists in particular.

 

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first book ive seen with the word prevention in it. I like that because there would be no point for some medicine's if people just prevented them. Health promotion right there.

Contents

Hypertension obesity diabetes mellitus and coronary heart
3
Surgical diseases of the large bowel and other related diseases
33
Gallstones
47
Renal stone
60
Multiple sclerosis
71
Arthritides in the negroid peoples of southern Africa
83
Cancer
93
Eskimos Inuit
113
New Zealand Maori and Pacific Polynesians
227
Israeli migrants
268
South African black Indian and coloured populations
285
Hawaii ethnic groups
319
Japan
337
David Lansborough
352
Diabetes mellitus
373
Hypertension hyperlipidaemia angina and coronary heart
392

North American Indians
130
Roberto Baruzzi and Laercio Franco
138
Australian Aborigines
154
Papua New Guinea
171
Uganda West Nile district
188
Zimbabwe
196
Pacific islands of Nauru Tuvalu and Western Samoa
204
Hypertension and angina
411
Haemorrhoids diverticular disease and deep vein thrombosis
421
Contributors reports
427
subSaharal Africans
436
Index
445
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