Quality of Life and Mortality in Seventeenth Century London and Dublin
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Quality of Life and Mortality in Seventeenth Century London and Dublin

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This book provides an examination of the quantitative and qualitative factors affecting mortality in two major cities of the British Isles: London and Dublin. It covers a scale from individuals mentioned by name to aggregates of mortality data in the Bills of Mortality. Focusing on the Seventeenth Century, the book pays attention to the Great Plague of 1665, and to earlier years in which epidemics decimated populations.To the average person living in the seventeenth century, life was a series of challenges. Mortality among the young was high, and for those who survived early childhood, death in their fifties was fairly typical. Men and women might aspire to a longer life span, but even the healthiest practices were no guarantee when the overall quality of life was low. With fatal illnesses exemplified by typhoid fever on the one hand, and the arrival of yersinia pestis - plague through ports on the Mediterranean at regular intervals of several years, on the other, mortality became a foreseeable event.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 4.57mm | 145g
  • Springer International Publishing AG
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2017
  • 9 Illustrations, black and white; XIII, 70 p. 9 illus.
  • 3319443674
  • 9783319443676

About Thomas E. Jordan

Thomas E. Jordan is Emeritus Curators' Professor of Child Development from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School. He is a recipient of the research prize of the Royal Society of Health for his longitudinal study of delayed mental development in children. Dr. Jordan is the author of several books on Ireland, including a three-volume series on the censuses of Ireland, 1821-1911.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.- Quality of Life.- The Bills of Mortality.- Chapter 2. London.- John Graunt's Natural and Political Observations.- Life Tables.- Therapy.- Quality of Life.- The Intellectual Environment.- The Parish.- Chapter 3. Dublin.- Quality of Life.- Infant Survival Rate.- Required Calories.- Per Capita GBPGPA.- Health.- Safety.- Emotional Well-Being.- Social Loneliness.- Social Amenities.- Individual Conditions.- Individual Resources.- Satisfaction, Happiness.- Dubliners.- The Amenity Index and Mortality.- Chapter 4. Commentary.- The Cultural Setting.show more