The Decline of Infant Mortality in Europe, 1800-1950: Four National Case Studies
Carlo A. Corsini
Pier Paolo Viazzo
Of the many changes that have taken place in Western society during the past two centuries, few have been more significant than the steep fall in infant and child mortality. However, the timing and causes of the decline are still poorly understood. While some scholars attribute it to general improvements in living standards, others emphasize the role of social intervention and public health reforms. Written by specialists from several disciplinary field, these case studies provide a lomg-term perspective that challenges some deep-rooted ideas about the European experience of mortality decline and may help explain the forces and causal relationships behind the still tragic incidence of preventable infant and child deaths in many parts of the world today.
child development; health policy; historical analysis; infant mortality; social policy;
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