The Backbone of History
Health and Nutrition in the Western Hemisphere
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Backbone of History by Richard H. Steckel
Book DescriptionFor the same reasons that explorers of the early twentieth century strove to reach the poles, and their modern counterparts journey to outer space, most people want to visualize the contours of the human experience - the peaks of adaptive success that led to the expansion of civilization, and the troughs in which human presence ebbed. The Backbone of History defines the emerging field of macrobioarchaeology by gathering skeletal evidence on seven basic indicators of health to assess chronic conditions that affected individuals who lived in the Western Hemisphere from 5000 BC to the late nineteenth century. Signs of biological stress in childhood and of degeneration in joints and in teeth increased in the several millennia before the arrival of Columbus as populations moved into less healthy ecological environments. Thus, pre-Colombian Native Americans were among the healthiest and the least healthy groups to live in the Western Hemisphere before the twentieth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521617444
(228mm x 152mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard H. Steckel
Economics of Climate Change, Hardback (July 2011)
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Backbone of History, Hardback (August 2002)
An assessment of skeletal evidence on health indicators, to assess chronic conditions that affected Western populations.
Population History of North America, Hardback (August 2000)
Professors Haines and Steckel bring together leading scholars to present a population history of North America.
Health and Welfare During Industrialization, Hardback (September 1997)» View all books by Richard H. Steckel
The 10 essays in this volume consider the standard of living in modern times. Each chapter examines evidence of health and welfare during and after industrialization in one of eight countries: the United States; Britain; Sweden; the Netherlands; France; Germnay; Japan; and Australia.
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Author Biography - Richard H. Steckel
Richard H. Steckel is Professor of Economics and Anthropology at Ohio State University. His most recent publications include Health and Welfare During Industrialization, which he coedited with Roderick Floud, and A Population History of the United States, which he co-edited with Michael Haines. Jerome C. Rose is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He has conducted bioarcheological excavations in Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Egypt, and Jordan.
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