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1 for 40 and over. The analysis was in respect York State (exclusive of New York City) for 1936 of New and a comparison was made with the 1917 data. 1 So far as the results of this research throw any light on the trend in total neo-natal mortality in England and probable that the higher rate consequent upon of first births in 1930-2 is largely counterbalanced by a reduction resulting from a lower proportion of fourth plus births. , (1938) Amer. J. Hyg, 28, 244. BIRTH, POVERTY 42 doubt that a AND WEALTH was subject to influence of first births than in Class I the 1930-2 death rate much greater proportionate in 1911, while at both periods the factor of fourth plus births could not have been very important.

The belief in the importance of the Nordic. indeed it heredity can also be traced to parental " wishful think- to such historical developments as kingship and ing ", and inherited leadership. These empirical views were strengthened and given some scientific basis when Charles Darwin began to write of heredity in relation to evolution and his cousin, Francis Galton, from " 2 of eugenics/' twins, coined the term pairs Recent studies of identical and fraternal twins, however, made during the last two decades in the and the a study of fifty-five when progress field of psychology, anthropology, physiology, and the have led to a drastic revision of this early social sciences, and primitive emphasis on hereditary factors.

1 117 . *For 1911 the Registrar-General used eight classes in all, textile workers, miners and agricultural labourers being dealt with separately. These three occupations have, for this study, been grouped as shown, so that the figures for all three periods cover the total population. What may be deduced from Tables V and VI and what the result of comparing them with Tables II, III and IV? We suggest that the same conclusions are reached and that they provide a useful check on our earlier results.

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