Human Fertility

Human Fertility

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In this innovative and comprehensive work, expanded by one-third for the English-language edition, Henri Leridon integrates biology and demography to investigate human fertility, both natural and controlled. Traditionally, demographers have been concerned with birthrates in different populations under varying conditions, while biologists have limited themselves to the study of the reproductive process. Leridon has formulated the first coherent overview of the functioning of the human reproductive system in relation to the external conditions that affect fertility. The book begins with a readable, authoritative review of human fertility in its natural state. Leridon summarizes and evaluates current knowledge, drawing together rare statistical data on physiological variables as well as demographic treatments of these data. After discussing the classical framework used by demographers, Leridon undertakes a qmicrodemographicq analysis in which he focuses on the individual and explicates the biological processes through which social, psychological, and economic factors affect fertility. He isolates its componentsa€”fecundability, intrauterine mortality, the physiological nonsusceptible period, and sterilitya€”then reviews the composite effect of variation in any one component. Leridon considers situations of controlled fertility: contraception, abortion, and sterilization. The author also presents valuable new data from his own investigations of varying risks of intrauterine mortality. Finally, he shows how the previous approaches can be complemented by the use of mathematical models.Pop. Rep., ser. B, no. 2. George Washington University. 392 Intrauterine devices: Physiological and clinical aspects. 1968. Technical Report Series, no. ... S. J. Behrman, L. Corsa, and R. Freedman. Ann Arbor: ... 405 Haynes, M. A., et al. 1969.

Title:Human Fertility
Author:Henri Leridon
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1977-09-01


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