The Nature of Infant Mortality in Norwich and the Effect of Illegitimate Death

Coleman, Helen Jane (1998). The Nature of Infant Mortality in Norwich and the Effect of Illegitimate Death. The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000feaf

Abstract

In this report a hitherto unexplored source reveals the nature of infant death in one District of Norwich. The classic urban pattern of summer diarrhoeal death is an obvious feature. However, in this overwhelmingly artisan suburb the children of skilled workers stood a greater risk of death then their poorer neighbours. Yet it was illegitimate infants who fared the worse. The peculiar phenomenon of illegitimate mortality follows a distinct pattern set apart from the legitimate model. The inflationary effect of illegitimate death outweighed even diarrhoea in serving to keep infant mortality levels in excess of the national average.

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