Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

3rd Edition - November 18, 2021

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  • Editors: Noel Cameron, Lawrence Schell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323853620
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128226520

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Human Growth and Development, Third Edition provides a comprehensive volume covering the biology of human growth and the genetic, endocrine, environmental, nutritional, and socio-economic factors that contribute towards its full expression. Human Growth and Development continues to be a valuable resource for researchers, professors and graduate students across the interdisciplinary area of human development. For the new edition, updates are made to all fourteen of the "core chapters" of the book which form the essential reading for a comprehensive understanding of human growth and development. Additionally, new special topics are covered including the interpretation of recently found sub-adult fossils that expand our understanding of the evolution of human growth and a discussion of the early pattern of growth and development as the developmental origins of risk for non-communicable diseases of adulthood. Human Growth and Development, Third Edition includes contributions from the well-known experts in the field and is the most reputable, comprehensive resource available.

Key Features

  • New chapters include the impact of physical activity across childhood and adolescence, information on the evolution of the human growth pattern and the contribution of epigenetics to our understanding of human growth
  • Offers the necessary tools to connect human development data with predictive medicine
  • Provides extensive depth on content in the form of easily digestible lecture length chapters


Professors, researchers and advanced students in human biology and development and anthropology

Table of Contents

  • 1. The pattern of human growth
    2. Growth in infancy and childhood
    3. Childhood and juvenile growth
    4. Adolescence
    5. Puberty
    6. Endocrine control of growth
    7. Nutrition and Growth
    8. Genetics and genetic epidemiology of growth and development
    9. Social and Economic effects on growth
    10. Environmental effects on growth
    11. The measurement of human growth
    12. Assessment of maturation
    13. Growth modelling
    14. Growth references and standards

    Special topics
    1. The evolution of human growth
    2. Early environments and adult health
    3. Physical activity and growth
    4. Biological models of human growth
    5. Body composition and obesity
    6. Epigenetics and growth

Product details

  • No. of pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: November 18, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323853620
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128226520

About the Editors

Noel Cameron

Noel Cameron spent from 1984 to 1997 as Associate (1987) and then Full Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology (1994) in the Department of Anatomy of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He returned to the UK in 1997 as Professor of Human Biology at his alma mater, Loughborough University. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1998 for his significant contribution to research in human biology. Dr. Cameron is Secretary General of the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), and President of the European Anthropological Association. He is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was awarded the Doctor of Science (DSc) degree from Loughborough University in 2018 for his significant contribution to knowledge in human growth and development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Human Biology, Centre for Global Health and Human Development, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Lawrence Schell

Lawrence M. Schell is a Professor of Anthropology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the State University of New York in Albany, New York. His research concerns the interrelationship between biology and culture and focuses on biological responses to contemporary urban environments. Dr. Schell has three current research projects. One looks at the effect of lead on child physical and cognitive development in Albany, NY. The second project seeks to address the growing concern about the effect of certain pollutants on sexual and physical development. The third study examines the relationship of pollutants to the reproductive health of Akwesasne women who are concerned that pollution exposure may have damaged their ability to have children. He has published over 65 articles and reviews, including several reviews on urbanism, pollution and child health. He received his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania; his B.A. from Oberlin College.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, United States

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