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Hormones, Health and Behaviour
A Socio-ecological and Lifespan Perspective

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C. Panter-Brick, C. M. Worthman, R. M. Sapolsky, M. V. Flinn, T. M. Pollard, P. T. Ellison, P. L. Whitten, S. T. McGarvey
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521103756

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  • As widespread social transformations have been paralleled by gains in health and life expectancy through public health and other improvements, a variety of new obstacles to health have emerged. Lifestyle-related, behaviorally mediated changes in rates of chronic disease are the most prevalent of these new challenges. This book examines the relationship between human biology and human society, and how behavior, hormones, and health intersect. There is both scientific interest and practical urgency behind the ideas and findings presented here, as the need for a socioecological view of function and well-being has become more apparent. This book documents an emerging understanding of how hormones create the linkage between behavior or social life and health.

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    "This is an excellent volume that pulls together much of the existing research literature on hormones and health where data have been collected under realistic field conditions. It will provide graduate students and professionals a foundation for understanding this area of research and moving into it. At the same time, I think that this work must be seen as pointing toward future work that will extend and refine our understanding of these processes." Human Biology

    "This book is a wonderful advertisement for human biology as practiced by anthropologists...a gem and a must read..." American Journal of Human Biology

    "This book represents fine contemporary scholarship in biological anthropology, and I will be using the opening chapter as required reading in anthropology graduate classes. But perhaps the greatest value of this book is in communicating exciting developments in anthropology to researchers interested in development, health, and human biology." The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521103756
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Contributions of biological anthropology to the study of hormones, health and behavior C. Panter-Brick and C. M. Worthman
    2. Hormonal correlates of personality and social contexts: from non-human to human primates R. M. Sapolsky
    3. Epidemiology of human development C. M. Worthman
    4. Family environment, stress and health during childhood M. V. Flinn
    5. Work and hormonal variation in subsistence and industrial contexts C. Panter-Brick and T. M. Pollard
    6. Reproductive ecology and reproductive cancers P. T. Ellison
    7. Diet, hormones and health: an evolutionary-ecological perspective P. L. Whitten
    8. Modernisation, psychosocial factors, insulin and cardiovascular health S. T. McGarvey

  • Editors

    Catherine Panter-Brick, University of Durham

    Carol M. Worthman, Emory University, Atlanta


    C. Panter-Brick, C. M. Worthman, R. M. Sapolsky, M. V. Flinn, T. M. Pollard, P. T. Ellison, P. L. Whitten, S. T. McGarvey

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