Biological Variation in Health and Illness: Race, Age, and Sex Differences, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Biological Variation in Health and Illness

Race, Age, and Sex Differences, 1st Edition

By Theresa Overfield

CRC Press

220 pages

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Description

Specifically for the health professional, this book contains an extensive compilation of research findings on biologic variation by race, age, and gender relating to health and illness. Completely rewritten, revised, and updated, the Second Edition includes an increased discussion of biologic variation and expanded coverage of each chapter topic.

This book provides a theoretical framework for understanding the mechanisms that influence biologic variation. It presents a well-documented discussion of research data and indicates areas where knowledge is lacking. A theoretical explanation is followed by examination of surface and anatomical variations, developmental variation, biochemical and enzymatic variations, disease susceptibility differences, and influence of the external variation. Consideration of sexual variation reveals more differences between the sexes than among races. Misconceptions about racial uniformity and diversity are exposed throughout the book. Tables of specific biologic variations allow easy reference and access to the literature.

Table of Contents

Biologic Variation Introduced

Biologic Variation

Human Genetics - A Review

Population Genetics - An Overview

References

Surface Variations and Anatomic Differences

Surface Variation

Anatomic Variation

Summary

References

Developmental Variation in Childhood

Body Size and Proportion Differences

Developmental Maturity Differences

Environmental Effects

Surface Features

Common Clinical Measurements

Disease Differential

Other Variations

Summary

References

Developmental Variation in Adulthood

Body Size, Shape, and Composition

Surface Manifestations

Developmental Changes

Disease Susceptibility

Longevity Prediction and Promotion

Summary

References

Biochemical Variation and Differential

Disease Susceptibility

Biochemical Variants

Differential Disease Susceptibility

Summary

References

Environmentally Related Variation

Climate

Altitude

Diet

Summary References

Sexual Variation

Reactions to Stressors

Brain Differences

Physical Performance and Strength

Life Span and Maintenance of Health

Sex Differences - An Explanation

Summary

References

Index

About the Author

At the time of writing Theresa Overfield was Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED000000
MEDICAL / General
MED028000
MEDICAL / Epidemiology
MED078000
MEDICAL / Public Health
SCI029000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Genetics & Genomics