Birth weight and economic growth: women's living standards in the industrializing West

TitleBirth weight and economic growth: women's living standards in the industrializing West
Publication TypeBook
1993
AuthorsWard, WP
Number of Pagesxv-xv
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
CityChicago
9780226873220, 0226873226
and Philanthropy: General, Birth weight, Cost and standard of living, Demography, Economic aspects, Economic conditions, Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Education, Health, History, Income, International, or Comparative (N30), Religion, Wealth, Welfare, Women

Traces the changing course of fetal size in Boston, Dublin, Edinburgh, Montreal, and Vienna between 1850 and 1930, and explores the relationships among birth weight, social and economic conditions, and women's living standards. Surveys the contemporary medical understanding about the primary influences on fetal development. Presents individual case studies for each city, discussing the city's economic and demographic history; the hospitals and their patients; and the nutrition and the disease environment. Provides comparisons of birth weight findings for each city. Ward is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia. Index.