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Open Access Infant Mortality in England, 1538–2000: the Parish Register Period, 1538–1837

This paper, the second of four, examines patterns and trends in infant mortality during the period 1538–1837 when the principal source available to examine these issues is parish registers. It explains how to calculate infant mortality rates from parish registers, identifies trends and discusses possible explanations for the patterns of change identified. The paper also shows how new estimates of infant mortality can be readily undertaken and ends with suggestions for future research.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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