The Law of Population; A Treatise, in Six Books in Disproof of the Superfecundity of Human Beings, and Developing of the Real Principle of Their Increase Volume 2

The Law of Population; A Treatise, in Six Books in Disproof of the Superfecundity of Human Beings, and Developing of the Real Principle of Their Increase Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ... to the whole term of existence, than, probably, in any other animated being in creation. Reckoning from the period of birth to that of mature age, the possible extent of that term barely comprises half the duration of life; its actual continuance, calculated on the average, falls short, probably, of a fifth of it; while another provision of Nature, which usually prevents the pregnancy of the female while she is performing that important duty which the vast majority of mothers cannot delegate to others, --the feeding of her infant offspring at the bosom, --has the effect of still further diminishing the actually prolific season of life. Thus, then, at the very outset of the argument, human increase seems so limited as to guard against a too rapid augmentation of the numbers of mankind, and by means which, when duly considered, rise into so many direct manifestations of the tender regard of the First Great Cause for his offspring; securing the health of the mother by fixing the term of prolificness, limited as we have remarked it to be, at the most vigorous age; and, thus keeping the generations so apart, as to leave a sufficient space in which to exercise those charities, whether parental or filial, on which the health, the happiness, and the very existence of the human race depend. (24) But to return. Even this period of female prolificness, physically limited and defined as it is, does not, any more than all the other processes of reproduction, conform to an inflexible law, operating equally under all circumstances, however different from each other. On the contrary, it manifests an adaptation to the state and situation of human beings, the more striking, because this provision of Nature, in reference to population, is, at all events, beyond the.show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651145X
  • 9781236511454