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Height, Health and History : Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980 - Roderick Floud

Height, Health and History

Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

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Published: 26th October 1990
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In historical accounts of the circumstances of ordinary people's lives, nutrition has been the great unknown. Nearly impossible to measure or assess directly, it has nonetheless been held responsible for the declining mortality rates of the nineteenth century as well as being a major factor in the gap in living standards, morbidity and mortality between rich and poor. The measurement of height is a means of the direct assessment of nutritional status. This important and innovative new study uses a wealth of military and philanthropic data to establish the changing heights of Britons during the period of industrialisation, and thus establishes an important new dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to present some striking new conclusions about the actual physical status of the British people during a period of profound social and economic upheaval, and Height, Health and History will provide an invigorating statistical edge to many current debates about the history of the human body itself.

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Height, nutritional status and the historical record
Inference from military height data
Inference from samples of military records
Long-term trends in nutritional status
Regional and occupational differentials in British heights
Height, nutritional status and the environment
Nutritional status and physical growth in Britain, 1750-1980
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521303149
ISBN-10: 0521303141
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 26th October 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73