Health, Mortality And The Standard Of Living In Europe And North America Since 1700

healthRoderick Floud, Robert W. Fogel, Bernard Harris y Sok Chul Hong (eds.)
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 978 0 85793 178 8
Dos vols, 1.752 páginas
Precio: £517.50

These two volumes bring together important and influential articles and papers on different aspects of the history of health and welfare. The collection includes classic and more recent essays on the origins and nature of mortality decline; the early-life origins of adult health and disease; changes in height, weight and body mass; the definition and measurement of the ‘standard of living’; and the economic and social impact of health improvements.
As leading authorities in their field, the editors have provided an original introduction, which offers an essential guide to the debates about the causes and consequences of the decline of mortality and the improvement of human health over the last three centuries.

76 articles, dating from 1934 to 2008 Contributors include: R. Easterlin, S. Engerman, T. McKeown, M. Nussbaum, S. Preston, A. Sen, R. Steckel, T. Wrigley, …


Introduction Roderick Floud, Bernard Harris and Sok Chul Hong

Obituary Professor Robert Fogel: Economic Historian Vilified for his Research on Slave Plantations Roderick Floud


1. Thomas McKeown and R.G. Brown (1955), ‘Medical Evidence Related to English Population Changes in the Eighteenth Century’

2. Thomas McKeown and R.G. Record (1962), ‘Reasons for the Decline of Mortality in England and Wales during the Nineteenth Century’

3. Thomas McKeown, R.G. Brown and R.G. Record (1972), ‘An Interpretation of the Modern Rise of Population in Europe’

4. P.E. Razzell (1974), ‘“An Interpretation of the Modern Rise of Population in Europe” – A Critique’

5. E.A. Wrigley (1983), ‘The Growth of Population in Eighteenth-Century England: A Conundrum Resolved’

6. Robert Woods (1985), ‘The Effects of Population Redistribution on the Level of Mortality in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales’

7. Simon Szreter (1988), ‘The Importance of Social Intervention in Britain’s Mortality Decline c.1850-1914: A Re-interpretation of the Role of Public Health’

8. Samuel H. Preston and Etienne van de Walle (1978), ‘Urban French Mortality in the Nineteenth Century’

9. Edward Meeker (1971-2), ‘The Improving Health of the United States, 1850-1915’

10. Samuel H. Preston (1975), ‘The Changing Relation between Mortality and Level of Economic Development’


11. Partha Dasgupta and Debraj Ray (1990), ‘Adapting to Undernourishment: The Biological Evidence and its Implications’

12. Sarah F. McMahon (1981), ‘Provisions Laid Up for the Family: Toward a History of Diet in New England, 1650–1850’

13. Carole Shammas (1984), ‘The Eighteenth-Century English Diet and Economic Change’

14. David Grigg (1995), ‘The Nutritional Transition in Western Europe’

15. Roy Porter (1991), ‘Cleaning up the Great Wen: Public Health in Eighteenth-Century London’

16. John C. Brown (1988), ‘Coping with Crisis? The Diffusion of Waterworks in Late Nineteenth-Century German Towns’

17. W. Robert Lee and Jörg P. Vögele (2001), ‘The Benefits of Federalism? The Development of Public Health Policy and Health Care Systems in Nineteenth-Century Germany and their Impact on Mortality Reduction’

18. William H. Hubbard (2000), ‘The Urban Penalty: Towns and Mortality in Nineteenth-Century Norway’

19. Karin Johannisson (1994), ‘The People’s Health: Public Health Policies in Sweden

20. David Cutler and Grant Miller (2005), ‘The Role of Public Health Improvements in Health Advances: The Twentieth-Century United States’


21. Dugald Baird (1974), ‘The Epidemiology of Low Birth Weight: Changes in Incidence in Aberdeen, 1948–72’

22. L.H. Lumey (1998), ‘Reproductive Outcomes in Women Prenatally Exposed to Undernutrition: A Review of Findings from the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort’

23. Siddiq Osmani and Amartya Sen (2003), ‘The Hidden Penalties of Gender Inequality: Fetal Origins of Ill-health’

24. D.J.P. Barker and C. Osmond (1986), ‘Infant Mortality, Childhood Nutrition and Ischaemic Heart Disease in England and Wales’

25. Irma T. Elo and Samuel H. Preston (1992), ‘Effects of Early-Life Conditions on Adult Mortality: A Review’

26. Tommy Bengtsson and Martin Lindström (2003), ‘Airborne Infectious Diseases during Infancy and Mortality in Later Life in Southern Sweden, 1766-1894’, and G. Doblhammer (2003), ‘Commentary: Infectious Diseases during Infancy and Mortality in Later Life’

27. W.O. Kermack, A.G. McKendrick and P.L. McKinlay (1934), ‘Death-Rates in Great Britain and Sweden: Some General Regularities and their Significance’

28. Gunnar Fridlizius (1989), ‘The Deformation of Cohorts: Nineteenth Century Mortality Decline in a Generational Perspective’

29. Graziella Caselli and Riccardo Capocaccia (1989), ‘Age, Period, Cohort and Early Mortality: An Analysis of Adult Mortality in Italy’

30. Bernard Harris (2001), ‘Commentary: ”The Child is Father of the Man”. The Relationship between Child Health and Adult Mortality in the 19th and 20th Centuries’

31. F. Janssen and A.E. Kunst for The Netherlands Epidemiology and Demography Compression of Morbidity research group (2005), ‘Cohort Patterns in Mortality Trends among the Elderly in Seven European Countries, 1950–99’

32. Stanley L. Engerman (1997), ‘The Standard of Living Debate in International Perspective: Measures and Indicators’

33. M.K. Bennett (1937), ‘On Measurement of Relative National Standards of Living’

34. Richard A. Easterlin (1974), ‘Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence’

35. Partha Dasgupta and Martin Weale (1992), ‘On Measuring the Quality of Life’

36. Sherwin Rosen (1994), ‘The Quantity and Quality of Life: A Conceptual Framework’

37. Amartya Sen (1993), ‘Capability and Well-Being’

38. Martha C. Nussbaum (2003), ‘Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements: Sen and Social Justice’


An Introduction to both volumes by the editors appears in Volume I


1. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie ([1973] 1979), ‘The Conscripts of 1868: A Study of the Correlation Between Geographical Mobility, Delinquency and Physical Stature, and other Aspects of the Situation of the Young Frenchmen called to do Military Service in that Year’

2. Robert W. Fogel, Stanley L. Engerman, James Trussell, Roderick Floud, Clayne L. Pope and Larry T. Wimmer (1978), ‘The Economics of Mortality in North America, 1650-1910: A Description of a Research Project’

3. Robert William Fogel (1993), ‘New Sources and New Techniques for the Study of Secular Trends in Nutritional Status, Health, Mortality, and the Process of Aging’

4. Robert A. Margo and Richard H. Steckel (1982), ‘The Heights of American Slaves: New Evidence on Slave Nutrition and Health’

5. Kenneth L. Sokoloff and Georgia C. Villaflor (1982), ‘The Early Achievement of Modern Stature in America’

6. John Komlos (1987), ‘The Height and Weight of West Point Cadets: Dietary Change in Antebellum America’

7. Joseph M. Prince and Richard H. Steckel (2003), ‘Nutritional Success on the Great Plains: Nineteenth-Century Equestrian Nomads’

8. Lars G. Sandberg and Richard H. Steckel (1980), ‘Soldier, Soldier, What Made You Grow so Tall? A Study of Height, Health and Nutrition in Sweden, 1720-1881’

9. Roderick Floud and Kenneth W. Wachter (1982), ‘Poverty and Physical Stature: Evidence on the Standard of Living of London Boys 1770–1870’

10. Roderick Floud (1998), ‘Height, Weight and Body Mass of the British Population since 1820’ NBER Working Paper Series on Historical Factors in Long-Run Growth, Historical Paper 108, i, 3–44 [43]

11. John Komlos (2003), ‘An Anthropometric History of Early-Modern France’

12. John Komlos (1985), ‘Stature and Nutrition in the Habsburg Monarchy: The Standard of Living and Economic Development in the Eighteenth Century’

13. Jörg Baten (2001), ‘Climate, Grain Production and Nutritional Status in Southern Germany during the XVIIIth Century’

14. Brian A’Hearn (2003), ‘Anthropometric Evidence on Living Standards in Northern Italy, 1730–1860’

15. José M. Martínez-Carrión (1994), ‘Stature, Welfare, and Economic Growth in Nineteenth-Century Spain: The Case of Murcia’

16. T.J. Cole (2003), ‘The Secular Trend in Human Physical Growth: A Biological View’

17. Richard H. Steckel (1983), ‘Height and Per Capita Income’

18. Roderick Floud (1994), ‘The Heights of Europeans since 1750: A New Source for European Economic History’

19. L. Schmitt and G. Harrison (1988), ‘Patterns in the Within-Population Variability of Stature and Weight’

20 . Dora L. Costa (1993), ‘Height, Weight, Wartime Stress, and Older-Age Mortality: Evidence from the Union Army Records’

21. Timothy Cuff (1993), ‘The Body Mass Index Values of Mid-Nineteenth Century West Point Cadets: A Theoretical Application of Waaler’s Curves to a Historical Population’

22. George Alter (2004), ‘Height, Frailty, and the Standard of Living: Modelling the Effects of Diet and Disease on Declining Mortality and Increasing Height’

23. Thomas T. Samaras, Harold Elrick and Lowell H. Storms (2003), ‘Is Height Related to Longevity?’


24. James F. Fries (1980), ‘Aging, Natural Death, and the Compression of Morbidity

25. Robert W. Fogel (1994), ‘Economic Growth, Population Theory, and Physiology: The Bearing of Long-Term Processes on the Making of Economic Policy’

26. Robert W. Fogel and Dora L. Costa (1997), ‘A Theory of Technophysio Evolution, with some Implications for Forecasting Population, Health Care Costs, and Pension Costs’

27. Christopher J.L. Murray and Alan D. Lopez (1997), ‘Mortality by Cause for Eight Regions of the World: Global Burden of Disease Study’

28. Christopher J.L. Murray and Alan D. Lopez (1997), ‘Regional Patterns of Disability-Free Life Expectancy and Disability-Adjusted Life Expectancy: Global Burden of Disease Study’

29. Christopher J.L. Murray and A.D Lopez (1997), ‘Global Mortality, Disability, and the Contribution of Risk Factors: Global Burden of Disease Study’

30. Christopher J.L. Murray and Alan D. Lopez (1997), ‘Alternative Projections of Mortality and Disability by Cause 1990–2020: Global Burden of Disease Study’

31. Theodore W. Schultz (1961), ‘Investment in Human Capital’

32. John Strauss and Duncan Thomas (1998), ‘Health, Nutrition, and Economic Development’

33. Anne Case, Darren Lubotsky and Christina Paxson (2002), ‘Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient’

34. T. Paul Schultz (2002), ‘Wage Gains Associated with Height as a Form of Health Human Capital’

35. Anne Case and Christina Paxson (2008), ‘Stature and Status: Height, Ability, and Labor Market Outcomes’

36. Chulhee Lee (2005), ‘Wealth Accumulation and the Health of Union Army Veterans, 1860–1870’

37. Ann Bartel and Paul Taubman (1979), ‘Health and Labor Market Success: The Role of Various Diseases’

38. Suchit Arora (2001), ‘Health, Human Productivity, and Long-Term Economic Growth’



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