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April 2010Diet, Health and Work Intensity in England and Wales, 1700-1914
with Roderick Floud, Robert W. Fogel, Sok Chul Hong: w15875
In their different ways, both Thomas Malthus and Thomas McKeown raised fundamental questions about the relationship between food supply and the decline of mortality. Malthus argued that food supply was the most important constraint on population growth and McKeown claimed that an improvement in the population’s capacity to feed itself was the most important single cause of mortality change. This paper explores the implications of these arguments for our understanding of the causes of mortality decline in Britain between 1700 and 1914. It presents new estimates showing changes in the calorific value and composition of British diets in 1700, 1750, 1800 and 1850 and compares these with the official estimates published by the Royal Society in 1917. It then considers the implications of the...
January 1997Health, Height, and Welfare: Britain, 1700-1980
with Roderick Floud
in Health and Welfare during Industrialization, Richard H. Steckel and Roderick Floud, Eds.

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