In 1906, Sir George Newman's 'Infant Mortality: A Social Problem', one of the most important health studies of the twentieth century, was published. To commemorate this anniversary, this volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading academics to evaluate Newman's critical contribution, to review current understandings of the history of infant and early childhood mortality, especially in Britain, and to discuss modern approaches to infant health as a continuing social problem. The volume argues that, even after 100 years of health programmes, scientific advances and medical interventions, early childhood mortality is still a significant social problem and it also proposes new ways of defining and tracking the problem of persistent mortality differentials.

part |14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Infant Mortality: A Social Problem?

ByEilidh Garrett, Chris Galley, Nicola Shelton, Robert Woods

part I|35 pages

Part I

chapter 2|15 pages

George Newman — A Life in Public Health

ByChris Galley

chapter 3|17 pages

Newman's Infant Mortality as an Agenda for Research

ByRobert Woods

part II|160 pages

Part II

chapter 4|26 pages

Place and Status as Determinants of Infant Mortality in England c. 1550-1837

ByRichard Smith, Jim Oeppen

chapter 8|20 pages

Diarrhoea: The Central Issue? 1

ByEric Hall, Michael Drake

chapter 10|20 pages

Health Visitors and 'Enlightened Motherhood' 1

ByAlice Reid

part III|50 pages

Part III

chapter 11|16 pages

Infant Mortality and Social Progress in Britain, 1905-2005

ByDanny Dorling

chapter 13|12 pages

Conclusion: The Social Dimension of Infant Well-being

ByNicola Shelton