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TitlePerspectives in Human Growth, Development and Maturation [electronic resource] / edited by Parasmani Dasgupta, Roland Hauspie
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XVI, 364 p. online resource


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


Methodological Aspects of Growth Studies -- 1 The Measurement of Human Growth: A Historical Review -- 2 Individual Physical Growth Models and Biological Parameters of Japanese -- 3 Smoothing Centile Curves of Height of Basque Boys and Girls by the Application of the LMS-Method -- 4 A New International Growth Reference for Young Children -- 5 Fels and Tanner-Whitehouse Skeletal Ages of School Children 7โ{128}{147}13 Years in Oaxaca, Mexico -- 6 Assessment of Childhood and Adolescents Body Composition: A Practical Guide -- Genetic and Environmental Factors -- 7 Genetics of Complex Traits with Particular Attention to Fat Patterning -- 8 Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Distribution in 7- to 16-Year Old Boys of Calcutta in relation to socio-economic level -- 9 Dentofacial Morphology, Growth and Genetics: A Study of Australian Aborigines -- 10 Riddles in Human Development Patterns: a Few Family Case Study -- 11 Nutrition in Venezuela at the End of the Millennium -- 12 Thoughts on Secular Trends in Growth and Development -- 13 Secular Trends and Longterm Serial Growth Studies -- 14 Secular Trends in Body Height โ{128}{148} Indicator of General Improvement in Living Conditions or of a Change in Specific Factors? -- 15 Patterns of Growth and Scholastic Performance โ{128}{148} A Case Study of the Associated Factors -- 16 Mental Ability and Cognitive Thinking in Relation to Sex, Pubertal Stage and Socio-Economic Background -- Population Differences in Growth -- 17 How Genetic Are Human Body Proportions? -- 18 The Sarsuna-Barisha Longitudinal Growth Study: Dynamics of Growth -- 19 Linear Components of Growth Among Rural Indian Children -- 20 Growth Stunting among Children, Aged Birth to 5 Years, in Peri-Urban Kathmandu, Nepal -- 21 Ethnic and Sex Differences in the Skelic Index among Fijian and Samoan Children -- 22 Skeletal Maturity in Children of Mixed American and Japanese Parentage as Assessed by the TW2-Method -- Biological Aspects of Growth -- 23 Somatotypes of Budapest Children -- 24 Differential Rate of Growth of the Human Body Parts -- 25 Short-term Growth -- 26 Relations between Head Growth and Psychomotor Development in Low-Birth-Weight Children -- 27 Growth in Length and Weight of Thalassemic Children in West Bengal, India: A Mixed-Longitudinal Study -- Appendices -- Life sketch of SudhirRanjan Das -- List of publications of Sudhir Ranjan Das

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