Perspectives in Human Growth, Development and Maturation

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Parasmani Dasgupta, Roland Hauspie
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 2001 - Medical - 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

The Measurement of Human Growth A Historical Review
3
Individual Physical Growth Models and Biological Parameters of Japanese
17
Smoothing Centile Curves of Height of Basque Boys and Girls by the Application of the LMSMethod
33
A New International Growth Reference for Young Children
45
Fels and TannerWhitehouse Skeletal Ages of School Children 713 in Oaxaca Mexico
55
Assessment of Childhood and Adolescents Body Composition A Practical Guide
67
Genetic and Environmental Factors
77
Genetics of Complex Traits with Particular Attention
79
Thoughts on Secular on Trends in Growth and Development
137
Secular Trends and Longterm Serial Growth Studies
147
Secular Trends in Body Height Indicator of General Improvement in Living Conditions or of a Change in Specific Factors?
159
Patterns of Growth And Scholastic Performance A Case Study of the Associated Factors
169
Mental Ability and Cognitive Thinking in Relation to Sex Pubertal Stage and SocioEconomic Background
179
Linear Components of Growth Among Rural Indian Children
236
Growth Stunting Among Children Aged Birth to Five Years in PeriUrban Kathmandu Nepal
250
Differential Rate of Growth of the Human Body Parts
312

Subcutaneous Adipose tissue Distribution in 7 to 16Year Old Boys of Calcutta in Relation to SocioEconomic Level
91
Dentofacial Morphology Growth and Genetics A Study of Australian Aborigines
109
Riddles in Human Development Patterns A Few Family Case Study
123
Nutrition in Venezuela at the End of the Millennium
129
ShortTerm Growth
320
Relations Between Head Growth and Psychomotor Development in LowBirthWeight Children
332
Growth in Length and Weight of Thalassemic Children in West Bengal India A MixedLongitudinal Study
340
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