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How far can the general death-rate for all ages be relied upon as a comparative index of the health or sanitary condition of any community ?

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1887) How far can the general death-rate for all ages be relied upon as a comparative index of the health or sanitary condition of any community ? Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 13-35.

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Abstract

Indices to the state of health or sanitary condition of a
community are of the utmost importance to all, and
especially so to those who are responsible for local sanitary
provisions; and hence it is often asked, how far is the general
death-rate of any year to be relied upon as a test of either
the health or sanitary condition of any place or country ?
I shall this evening try to demonstrate that the general
death-rate of any one place, though in itself due to a
combination of many complex causes, may, nevertheless, be
used as a fairly reliable local index to health and sanitary
condition, although a most faulty index as regards the
comparative health or the sanitary condition of different
localities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 13-35
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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.

Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 00:33
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
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