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Death before BirthFetal Health and Mortality in Historical Perspective$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542758.001.0001

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The Prospects for Survival from Conception to Childhood

The Prospects for Survival from Conception to Childhood

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Death before Birth

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This chapter takes a biological-demographic perspective. It addresses a number of complex questions. What is the most likely age pattern of mortality risk between conception and age one? How might that pattern have varied during the epidemiological and health transitions? What was the relationship between stillbirth and neonatal mortality in low life expectancy societies, both historically and in developing economies today? How have earlier generations of scientists understood and described the age pattern of fetal mortality? It traces a line of enquiry from studies by medical statisticians in the 19th century via those by Karl Pearson (Chances of Death, 1897) in England, Franklin Paine Mall (1900s) in the USA, and Jean Bourgeois-Pichat (1940s) in France, to recent research by physiologists on fetal growth and survival.

Keywords:   conception, infant survival, fetal survival, intrauterine mortality, life tables, biometric analysis, fetal growth, Karl Pearson, Jean Bourgeois-Pichat, Franklin Paine Mall

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