Perspectives in Human Growth, Development and Maturation

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Parasmani Dasgupta, Roland Hauspie
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 14, 2013 - Social Science - 364 pages
One morning in 1969, out of the blue, I received a letter which both distressed and astonished me. It was from a Prof. S. R. Das in Calcutta, who requested me to accept, for eventual analysis, a mountain of anthropometric data he had accumulated, as he was ill and did not expect to survive to analyse it himself. The data provided the astonishment; twenty-two anthropometric characters recorded every six months or a year, over a period of 14 years, in a mixed longitudinal study of some 560 children, aged six months to twenty years. Most were in families with siblings also in the study, and every child was measured every time by S. R. Das himself. The archive was unique, combining the personal anthropometry of R. H. Whitehouse in the Harpenden Growth Study and the family approach of the Fels Growth Study. This was a study of which neither I, nor anyone of my acquaintance, had heard. Even in India, Prof. Das' work was scarcely known. It turned out Das was a scholarly man, quiet and unassuming, absolutely committed to his Sarsuna-Barisha Growth Study,just the obverse of the professional showman. Clearly this was not a request I could refuse, although I already had in hand enough projects to occupy Siva himself.
 

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Contents

Individual Physical Growth Models and Biological Parameters
16
Smoothing Centile Curves of Height of Basque Boys and Girls
33
A New International Growth Reference for Young Children
45
Fels and TannerWhitehouse Skeletal Ages of School Children 713
54
Genetics of Complex Traits with Particular Attention to
79
Subcutaeneous Adipose Tissue Distribution in 7 to 16Year
90
Australian Aborigines
109
a Few Family Case Study
123
How Genetic Are Human Body Proportions?
205
Dynamics
222
Linear Components of Growth Among Rural Indian Children
237
Growth Stunting among Children Aged Birth to 5 Years in PeriUrban
251
Ethnic and Sex Differences in the Skelic Index among Fijian
269
Skeletal Maturity in Children of Mixed American and Japanese
280
Biological Aspects of Growth
299
Differential Rate of Growth of the Human Body Parts
313

Nutrition in Venezuela at the End of the Millennium
129
Thoughts on Secular Trends in Growth and Development
137
Secular Trends and Longterm Serial Growth Studies
146
Secular Trends in Body Height Indicator of General Improvement
159
Patterns of Growth and Scholastic Performance A Case Study
168
Mental Ability and Cognitive Thinking in Relation to Sex
179
Shortterm Growth
321
Relations between Head Growth and Psychomotor Development
333
Growth in Length and Weight of Thalassemic Children in West
341
Life sketch of Sudhir Ranjan Das
353
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