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Capacity for Work in the Tropics

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  • Working capacity is the physiological key to understanding man's ability, in technically less advanced communities, to exploit his environment, and hence to understanding his role in the ecological balance. In this volume the knowledge of working capacity in tropical populations is reviewed in a series of illustrative papers. Topics cover the measurement of working capacity in populations: the functional consequences of malnutrition; growth, size and muscular efficiency; ethnic differences in working capacity; energy; expenditure and endemic disease; and energy flow in tropical ecosystems. These papers and their ensuing discussions lead to a series of recommendations on studies to be incorporated in the Decade of the Tropics research programme of the International Union of Biological Sciences.

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    "For both its content and the research it may stimulate, this volume is of value to a wide audience of medical anthropologists for their professional research and teaching." Barry Bogin, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511870729
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    1. Measurement of working capacity in populations
    2. Functional consequences of malnutrition
    3. Growth stature and muscular efficiency
    4. Ethnic and socio-cultural differences in working capacity
    5. Energy expenditure and endemic disease
    6. Research models in tropical ecosystems.

  • Editors

    K. J. Collins

    Derek F. Roberts

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