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The life course and adult chronic disease: an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart disease

Diana Kuh and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

in A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Second edition

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780198578154
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191724039 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.003.0002

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

The life course and adult chronic disease: an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart disease

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This chapter traces the origins of the idea that experiences early in the life course may have long-term effects on the development of chronic disease. Topics discussed include research in the first half of the 20th century on the links between child health, adult vitality, and mortality risk; developmental critical periods and the early origins of constitution; the growing interest in adult lifestyle and chronic disease; and atherosclerosis and emergence of coronary heart disease. The chapter then looks at the changing role of early life factors as explanations for adult health and chronic disease in the postwar period, the revival of a life course perspective in understanding disease patterns, and the revival of interdisciplinary developmental science.

Keywords: life course; chronic disease; history; heart disease; lifestyle

Chapter.  11263 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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