Perspectives in Human Growth, Development and Maturation

  • Parasmani Dasgupta
  • Roland Hauspie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Methodological Aspects of Growth Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Rosique, L. San Martín, J. R. Fernández-López, I. Salces, E. Rebato, A. Vinagre et al.
      Pages 33-43
    3. M. de Onis, C. G. Victora, C. Garza, E. A. J. R. Frongillo, T. Cole
      Pages 45-53
    4. A. Pietrobelli, M. Heo, M. S. Faith
      Pages 67-75
  3. Genetic and Environmental Factors

  4. Population Differences in Growth

  5. Biological Aspects of Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. O. G. Eiben, Á Németh
      Pages 301-312
    3. M. Hermanussen
      Pages 321-332
    4. W. Furmaga-Jablonska, H. Chrzastek-Spruch, M. Kozlowska, A. Orzechowski
      Pages 333-340
    5. J. Banerjee, S. Saha, I. Dasgupta, D. K. Bhattacharyya, P. Dasgupta
      Pages 341-349
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 351-364

About this book


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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Editors and affiliations

  • Parasmani Dasgupta
    • 1
  • Roland Hauspie
    • 2
  1. 1.Anthroplogy and Human Genetics UnitIndian Statistical InstituteCalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.Laboratory of AnthropogeneticsFree University BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5820-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9801-9
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