Human Growth and Development

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780128101551
eBook ISBN: 9780123846518
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th June 2012
Page Count: 600
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Offering a study of biological, biomedical and biocultural approaches, the second edition of Human Growth and Development is a valued resource for researchers, professors and graduate students across the interdisciplinary area of human development. With timely chapters on obesity, diet / lifestyle, and genetics, this edition is the only publication offering a biological, biomedical and biocultural approach. The second edition of Human Growth and Development includes contributions from the well-known experts in the field and is the most reputable, comprehensive resource available.

Key Features

  • New chapters discussing genomics and epigenetics, developmental origins, body proportions and health and the brain and neurological development.
  • Presented in the form of lectures to facilitate student programming
  • Updated content highlighting the latest research on the relationship between early growth and later (adult) outcomes: the developmental origins of health and disease.


Professors, researchers and advanced students in medicine, physiotherapy, human biology and development, and anthropology.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. The Human Growth Curve, Canalization and Catch-Up Growth

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Historical Background

1.3 The Distance Curve of Growth

1.4 The Velocity Growth Curve and Growth Spurts

1.5 Other Patterns of Growth

1.6 Growth Versus Maturity

1.7 The Control of Growth

1.8 Growth Reference Charts

1.9 Canalization

1.10 Catch-Up Growth

1.11 Summary and Conclusions


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Chapter 2. Growth in Infancy and Childhood: A Pediatric Approach

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The Growth Curve

2.3 Changes in Body Fat and Other Tissues

2.4 Measurements of Clinical Importance

2.5 Some Particular Features of Growth During Infancy and Childhood

2.6 Growth Problems in Infancy and Childhood

2.7 Causes of Short Stature

2.8 Summary


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Chapter 3. Adolescent Growth

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The Adolescent Growth Cycle

3.3 Tempo of Growth

3.4 Growth Modeling and Biological Parameters

3.5 Individual Versus Average Growth

3.6 Sex Differences in Growth

3.7 Summary


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Chapter 4. Puberty

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The Neuroendocrinology of Puberty

4.3 Upstream Factors Influencing Pubertal Timing

4.4 Downstream Consequences of Pubertal Activation of the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis

4.5 Summary


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Chapter 5. Endocrine Control of Growth

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Why Do Animals Grow?

5.3 What Causes Animals to Grow?

5.4 Structure of Insulin-Like Growth Factor

5.5 Targeted Disruption of the Insulin-Like Growth


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