Growth is a process which affects every individual from the hour of birth to the hour of death and forms a background to almost every medical discipline, and Human Growth After Birth has been extremely successful in five editions. This book is written in a clear and approachable style and is the only publication which provides an elementary overview of the various manifestations of human growth. Professor David Sinclair, Professor of Human Anatomy, University of Aberdeen, wrote the first five editions, the last of which was published in 1989. Dr Peter Dangerfield, Department of Human Anatomy, University of Liverpool has updated the book for this new edtion while maintaining the unique style and appeal of the text. The new edition covers recent concepts in cell growth, the cell cycly and growth inhibitors. This book also contains the latest information on genes and the human genome. The sections on the growth of the CNS and on reproduction and infertility have been revised in line with current thinking. The references have been fully updated and boxed further reading has been added. Key points are highlighted throughout, and there are a number of new illustrations.
1.: Human growth after birth Definition Major factors in controlling growth Molecular biology, genetics and growth Processes of growth Cell growth, division and the cell cycle Cell differentiation Regulation of cell populations Growth of the intercellular matrix Phases of growth Growth curves Mathematical models of growth 2.: Growth in height and weight Growth curves and growth heights Prediction of adult height The merits of size Short stature and gigantism The problems of extreme size 3.: Growth of tissues Connective tissues Body fat Skin Muscle and Tendon Nervous tissue Cartilage and Bone Body symmetry and asymmetry 4.: Growth of systems Patterns of growth by system 5.: Indices of Maturity Bone age Dental age Sexual age and puberty Age of menarche Estimation of chronological age from anatomical data Neural age Physiological age Late and early development 6.: Changes in shape and posture The allometry equation Shape of the infant Changes in shape with growth Classification of physique Changes in posture with growth Drawbacks of the erect posture 7.: Genetic and hormonal factors influencing growth and maturation Genetic control Neural control Growth hormones 8.: Environmental factors influencing growth and maturation Environmental effects on the body Nutrition Altitude Secular trends Socio-economic class Disease Antenatal Seasonal Climate Exercise Emotional 9.: Growth and repair Growth cycles: wear and tear Growth activity in the reproductive tract Repair of skin Repair of fractures Muscle Joints and tendons Other tissues and organs Nerves 10.: Disturbance of growth General disturbances Achondroplasia Down's syndrome Other genetic deficiencies Pituitary dwarfism and growth hormone replacement Thyroid hormones Adrenal gland hormones Sex hormones Other hormones Constitutional delayed growth Determination of progress Local disturbances Congenital Hyperplasia, hypoplasia & hypertrophy Atrophy Malignancy and cancer 11.: Old age Senescence Ageing of cells and tissues Degeration Changes in tissue matrix Ageing of systems Theories of ageing