Infant and Child Mortality in the Past
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Infant and Child Mortality in the Past by Alain Bideau
Book DescriptionThe main demographic revoulution in modern history has been the increased survival of children - the gradual elimination of the biological waste linked to the high mortality of the past. This volume examines the trends of early-age mortality across time and space and the methodological and theoretical problems inherent in such studies. It widens the discussion beyond the standard European focus by including data from Asian and American sources, showing that they offer enormous potential for researchers. At the same time, it makes clear the need for cautious treatment of historical data and points towards the design of techniques for appraising their quality, correcting distortions, and filling gaps. The analysis demonstrates that levels of infant and child mortality are linked not only to material conditions of life but also to social and cultural factors. The authors argue that a better understanding of these interactions can only come from an interdisciplinary approach, where demography joins forces with biology, medicine, public health, and social and economic history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198289951
(243mm x 163mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alain Bideau
Decline of Mortality in Europe, Hardback (June 1991)» View all books by Alain Bideau
Examines the decline of mortality which began in the 19th century and was accompanied by a decline in fertility. The essays in the volume consider the various reasons for the decline of mortality - improved diet, higher income, greater health awareness and better public health provisions.
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