Biological Anthropology and Aging: Perspectives on Human Variation over the Life Span

Hardcover | April 1, 1995

EditorDouglas E. Crews, Ralph M. Garruto

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This timely volume explores evolutionary, cross-cultural, physiological, environmental, and pathological influences on variation in human biological aging. Chapters by leading experts use models traditionally unique to anthropological research in order to illuminate human biological aging asa heterogeneous and variable process. By explicitly emphasizing evolutionary biology and human variation, the book presents the fascinating perspective of human biological aging as the end result of a set of co-adapted genetic complexes associated with successful growth, development, reproduction,and parenting of offspring. While examining human life span and life-history parameters as population-level phenomena, the book also emphasizes human phenotypic plasticity as key to understanding aging. This broad evolutionary perspective is unique in biological gerontology, a field that is oftenreductionist in method and theory. The book is sure to appeal to students, teachers, and researchers of geriatrics, gerontology, biology and anthropology of aging, and human population biology.

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This timely volume explores evolutionary, cross-cultural, physiological, environmental, and pathological influences on variation in human biological aging. Chapters by leading experts use models traditionally unique to anthropological research in order to illuminate human biological aging asa heterogeneous and variable process. By ex...

Douglas E. Crews is at Ohio State University. Ralph M. Garruto is at National Institutes of Health.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pagesPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ForewordP.T. Baker: Prologue: Human Aging--A Paradigm of Transdisciplinary ResearchD.E.Crews and R.M. Garruto: PART I: Introduction and Background1. T.P. Miles and J.A. Brody: Aging as a Worldwide PhenomenonPART II: Evolutionary Biology of Aging and Senescence2. J. Wood et al.: Human Population Biology and the Evolution of Human Aging3. T. Turner and M.L. Weiss: The Genetics of Longevity in Humans4. S. Katz and D. Armstrong: Cousin Marriage and the X-Chromosome: Evolution of Longevity and LanguagePART III: Populations, Environment, and Morbidity5. C.J. DeRousseau: Primate Gerontology: An Emerging Discipline6. D.E. Crews and L.M. Gerber: Chronic Degenerative Diseases and Aging7. P.J. Mayer: Human Immune System Aging8. M.J. Strong and R.M. Garruto: Neuronal Aging and Age-Related Disorders of the Human Nervous System9. W. Stini: Nutrition and Aging: Intraindividual Variation10. C.C. Plato, K.M. Fox and J.D. Tobin: Skeletal Changes in Human Aging11. S.M. Garn: Fat, Lipid and Blood Pressure Changes in the Adult Years12. G.D. James and M.A. Pecker: Aging and Blood Pressure13. C. Beall: Aging and Adaptation to the EnvironmentPART IV: Methods for Aging Research and Ongoing Programs14. L.J. Brant and C.D. Pearson: Modeling the Variability in Longitudinal Patterns of Aging15. S.R. Loth and M.Y. Iscan: Morphological Indictors of Skeletal Age16. P.B. Eveleth: Role of the National Institute on AgingEpilogue: Human Aging--The Scientific Relevance of Transdisciplinary ApproachesR.M. Garruto and D.E. Crews:

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"The reviews are well written and provide not only a discussion of the basic physiology but a summary of significant work on the patterns of aging and factors that may induce variation. They are written in a readily accessible format and, for instruction, would serve well in providing a morerounded view of the problems of the elderly." --Bioscience