Observations on Mr. R. M. Johnston's vital statistics
Biggs, Alfred Barrett (1884) Observations on Mr. R. M. Johnston's vital statistics. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 276-280.
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"The course of investigation has led to the
discovery that there is a coincidence between the minimum and
maximum sun-spot periods and the death-rates, and again, with
the position of the planet Jupiter in his orbit. The maximum
sun-spot period appears to be when Jupiter is between aphelion
and perihelion; and this corresponds with the lowest death-rate,
that is, when the depression in the diagram is greatest. On
the other hand, the minimum sun-spot period appears to be
when Jupiter is at perihelion, and this corresponds with the
highest point of the diagram of the death-rate, etc."
That there is some connection
between such solar disturbances and the electrical condition
of our globe seems to be well established. I think it,
therefore, not unreasonable to expect that our mortality curve
should be affected from this cause.
Unfortunately, our statistics do not extend sufficiently far
back to either establish or disprove that any relationship exists
between them and either sun-spots or Jupiter's position.
|Additional Information:||In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.|
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