Ageing, Continuous Changes of Adulthood

  • Charles Susanne
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 30)


Developmental processes or changes in morphology continue after puberty. Ageing is difficult to define, since it is a continuous process and it is impossible to distinguish between effects related only to time and the effects of degenerative diseases. These diseases are the cause or the result of senescence. The theories of ageing are very numerous but it is quite clear that the processes of formation or destruction are present in all stages from conception to death, the ratio between the processes being, however, different. There is no clear starting point of senescence.


Lateral Radiograph Secular Change Human Longevity Transverse Study Anthropometric Change 
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