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Height, health and history; Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

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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 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 dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to present some striking 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 debates about the history of the human body itself.

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Author(s):
Floud, Roderick; Wachter, Kenneth; Gregory, Annabel
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521029988
ISBN-13:
9780521029988
Number of pages:
354
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Height, health and history; Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

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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 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 dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to present some striking 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 debates about the history of the human body itself.

Author(s):
Floud, Roderick; Wachter, Kenneth; Gregory, Annabel
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521029988
ISBN-13:
9780521029988
Number of pages:
354
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Height, health and history; Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

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