Western Diseases: Their Emergence and Prevention by Edited By H. C. [Hubert Carey] Trowel & D. P. Burkitt soon to be presented for sale on the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1981, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Charts; Graphs; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: The western diseases are those which are rare in developing countries but are the main causes of disability and death in ageing people in the western nations. The evidence from Africa, the lands of the Pacific, Japan and groups such as the Red Indians, Eskimos, Australian Aborigines and Maoris, presented in this book, suggests that western diseases usually emerge in a definite sequence. For example, hypertension and obesity emerge early, ischaemic heart disease and ulcerative colitis much later.
This book discusses the fact that the degenerative and surgical diseases appear to be virtually absent in contemporary hunter-gatherers and very uncommon in the unacculturated peasants of Africa and the Pacific islands. Preliminary studies in the US and Britain report much regression of hypertension, diabetes, angina and hyperlipidaemia in patients taking diets which resemble, in composition, those of unacculturated peasants.
The book contains evidence for the idea that degenerative diseases and surgical disorders common to the peoples of the western world are the results of maladaptation by susceptible individuals (genotypes) to the new environmental factors which have been reflected in diet and life-style since the Industrial Revolution.
Introduction by: John R. K. Robson
Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very heavily sunned at the spine with some edgewear. Text complete, clean and tight overall but the last few leaves are wrinkled at the foot, possibly caused by damp.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIX] 456 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¼” x 6¼”.