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Title The changing body : health, nutrition, and human development in the western world since 1700 / Roderick Floud [and others]
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 431 pages) : illustrations
Series NBER series on long-term factors in economic development
New approaches to economic and social history
NBER series on long-term factors in economic development.
New approaches to economic and social history.
Contents Our changing bodies: 300 years of technophysio evolution -- Investigating the interaction of biological, demographic, and economic variables from fragmentary data -- The analysis of long-term trends in nutritional status, mortality, and economic growth -- Technophysio evolution and human health in England and Wales since 1700 -- Height, health, and mortality in continental Europe, 1700-2100 -- The American experience of technophysio evolution -- What has been achieved and is now in prospect?
Summary "Humans have become much taller and heavier, and experience healthier and longer lives than ever before in human history. However it is only recently that historians, economists, human biologists and demographers have linked the changing size, shape and capability of the human body to economic and demographic change. This book presents an introduction to the field of anthropometric history, surveying the causes and consequences of changes in health and mortality, diet and the disease environment in Europe and the United States since 1700. It examines how we define and measure health and nutrition as well as key issues such as whether increased longevity contributes to greater productivity or, instead, imposes burdens on society through the higher costs of healthcare and pensions. The result is a book that is a contribution to economic and social history with important implications for today's developing world and the health trends of the future"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Anthropometry -- Europe.
Anthropometry -- United States.
Health -- History.
Human beings -- Europe -- History.
Human beings -- United States -- History.
Life expectancy.
Nutrition -- Europe -- History.
Nutrition -- United States -- History.
Nutritional anthropology.
Life Expectancy -- history.
Life Expectancy -- trends.
Mortality -- history.
Mortality -- trends.
Nutrition Surveys.
Genre/Form History.
Statistieken (vorm)
Form Electronic book
Author Floud, Roderick.
National Bureau of Economic Research.
ISBN 0511975910 (electronic bk.)
1139076965 (electronic bk.)
1139079247 (electronic bk.)
1139081527 (electronic bk.)
9780511975912 (electronic bk.)
9781139076968 (electronic bk.)
9781139079242 (electronic bk.)
9781139081528 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Health, nutrition, and human development in the western world since 1700