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Death before Birth: Fetal Health and Mortality in Historical Perspective

Robert Woods


This book is a study of fetal health from the 17th century to the present day principally among European and American populations. It is a contribution to both medical and demographic research using distinctly long-term and comparative perspectives. It provides an account of how fetal health and the risks facing the unborn (miscarriages, abortions, stillbirths) have changed, but it also offers an interpretation of the causes, one that focuses on the role of obstetrics and the epidemiology of maternal infections. The following themes are given particularly detailed treatment: varying cultural p ... More

Keywords: fetal health, fetal mortality, infant mortality, perinatal, stillbirth, miscarriage, abortion, obstetrics, midwifery, maternal infections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Woods, author
John Rankin Professor of Geography, University of Liverpool
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