Decline of Infant and Child Mortality: The European experience 1750-1990

Innocenti Publications

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  • Author(s)
    • Corsini, Carlo A.;
    • Viazzo, Pier Paolo;
  • Publisher
    • Kluwer Law International, The Hague; UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1997
  • Pages
    • 258
  • ISBN
    • 90-411-0467-4
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 28U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


Of the many changes that have taken place in Western society during the past two centuries, few have been more significant than the steep fall in infant and child mortality. However, the timing and causes of the decline are still poorly understood. While some scholars attribute it to general improvements in living standards, others emphasize the role of social intervention and public health reforms. Written by specialists from several disciplinary fields, the twelve essays in this book break entirely new ground by providing a long-term perspective that challenges some deep-rooted ideas about the European experience of mortality decline and may help explain the forces and causal relationships behind the still tragic incidence of preventable infant and child deaths in many parts of the world today.

Thematic area

Early Childhood   / 


child mortality   /  early childhood development   /  infant mortality   /  public health   /  standard of living   /