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Demography and Nutrition: Evidence from Historical and Contemporary Populations

Demography and Nutrition: Evidence from Historical and Contemporary Populations

Susan Scott, Christopher J. Duncan

ISBN: 978-0-632-05983-6

May 2002, Wiley-Blackwell

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.

Chapter 3. The Staple Food Supply: Fluctuating Wheat Prices and Malnutrition.

Chapter 4. Famine.

Chapter 5. Long-term Demographic Effects of even a Small Famine.

Chapter 6. Fertility.

Chapter 7. Nutrition and Pregnancy.

Chapter 8. Infancy.

Chapter 9. Infant Mortality.

Chapter 10. Exogenous Cycles: A Case Study.

Chapter 11. The Amelioration of Infant Mortality in Rural England.

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.




*the authors have many years experience researching and teaching in this area
*of great interest to a wide range of nutrition- related disciplines
*international examples and data included