Birth, Poverty and Wealth

A study of infant mortality


Richard Titmuss


Hamish Hamilton, London, 1943
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Printing Details

First edition, second printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 118pp.

A sociological, medical and statistical study of inequalities between the economic classes of England and Wales. It deals in particular with the widespread belief that the great decline in the total infantile death rate during the between-wars period has been accompanied by a flattening of the gradient of inequality between the classes. The author, by application of the simple but ingenious statistical devices described in the book, arrives at the unexpected and deeply disturbing conclusion that this has no foundation in fact and that inequalities between the classes have increased steadily in the present century.


A good copy but the book has a slight lean to the spine and the wrapper has wear at the spine ends.



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