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Subsistence and Survival. Rural Ecology in the Pacific by Timothy P. Bayliss-Smith (Eds.)

By Timothy P. Bayliss-Smith (Eds.)

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There was, as a result, a tendency for the study to develop into a series of unrelated exercises in comparative physiology or geographic pathology which often did not lend themselves to integration with other disciplines and often did not justify themselves in their relevance to the local population. In some fields this idiosyncratic approach to a multi-disciplinary project reached excessive proportions and even at best any attempt at integration of the disciplines into a meaningful whole was seriously handicapped.

In the epidemiological studies there is no doubt that the single medical survey, as undertaken during the course of this investigation, leaves much to be desired. Whilst they are relatively easy to undertake, it is frequently forgotten that such surveys can only elucidate pathological processes which are either chronic or leave some persistent hallmark of their prior occurrence. The chronic infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, yaws or leprosy, or the chronic degenerative diseases such as raised blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal disease, renal failure or joint disease, may be detected.

This probably reflects the increased amount of physical activity involved in life in the rugged mountain zone and with the respiratory ventilatory complex renders the Highlanders physically fitter than their coastal counterparts. , 1974). During the IBP a detailed assessment of the environment was not defined. In general, the K a r K a r people were swidden agriculturalists dwelling primarily in a secondary tropical rain forest, much of which had been transformed into plantation mono-cultures. The K a r K a r people lived in proximity to the sea with its rich resources of marine foods and in the hinterland had access to the central forested peak of the island where wild pig and small mammals were occasionally hunted.

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