Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures by Tony McMichaelHuman Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures by Tony McMichael

Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures

byTony McMichael

Paperback | July 16, 2001

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Charting the relentless trajectory of humankind across time and geography, Tony McMichael highlights the changing survival patterns of our ancient ancestors, who roamed the African savannahs several million years ago, to today's populous, industrialized, and globalized world. McMichael explores the changes in human biology, culture, and surrounding environments that have influenced patterns of health and disease over the course of humankind's history, arguing that the health of populations is primarily a product of the interaction of human societies with the wider environment, its various ecosystems, and other life-support processes. Tony McMichael is professor of epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has held positions in Australia, USA, and UK, and has taught widely in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has advised WHO, UNEP, the World Bank and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on public health issues. His previous book, Planetary Overload (Cambridge University Press, 1993) was a widely acclaimed and influential account of global environmental change and the health of the human species.
Tony (A. J.) McMichael is Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has held positions in Australia, USA and UK, and has taught widely in Asia, Africa and Europe. He has advised WHO, UNEP, the World Bank and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on dietary, environmental and climatic influences o...
Title:Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain FuturesFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 16, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521004942

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Disease patterns in human biohistory; 2. Human biology: the Pleistocene inheritance; 3. Adapting to diversity: climate, food and infection; 4. Infectious disease: humans and microbes coevolving; 5. The third horseman: food, farming and famines; 6. The industrial era: the fifth horseman?; 7. Longer lives and lower birth rates; 8. Modern affluence: lands of milk and honey; 9. Cities, social environments and synapses; 10. Global environmental change: overstepping limits; 11. Health and disease: an ecological perspective; 12. Footprints to the future: treading less heavily; Notes; Index.

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"...this book is innovative and important not only because of its subject matter, but also because of the way in which it is addressed. McMichael discusses the major public health issues of today by showing us how we got to where we are now, and synthesizes the large-scale evolutionary, social and environmental influences that have shaped human health over the last few millenia...outstanding..." International Journal of Epidemiology