[G127] 'THE CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN'. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILD HEALTH AND ADULT MORTALITY IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
B. Harris. Southamptom University, UK
This paper examines the relationship between recent work on the role of 'life-course events' on adult mortality and historical research into trends in height and mortality. The paper focuses on an article by Kermack, McKendrick and McKinley which appeared in the Lancet in 1934. Kermack, McKendrick and McKinley argued that it was easier to understand the pattern of mortality decline in England and Wales in the late-19th and early-20th centuries if one thought in terms of the experience of particular cohorts, rather than concentrating exclusively on what one might call 'period effects'.
The paper will examine the impact of this article on subsequent work in the field …