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Childhood mortality and quality of care among abandoned children in nineteenth-century Italy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11624023     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
A great deal of scholarly attention has been devoted in recent years to the large-scale abandonment of new born babies in the European past, with special emphasis given to the staggering rates of infant mortality among the foundlings. For the most part, scholars have agreed with the foundling home officials of the past in assigning much of the blame for this excess mortality to the women who took in the foundlings as wetnurses and subsequently as foster mothers. This article takes issue with this view, based on an examination of the children abandoned at the foundling home of Bologna, Italy in the nineteenth century. Four cohorts of foundlings are examined - those abandoned in 1809-30, 1829-30, 1849-50, and 1869-70 (N=3615) - as we trace the changing pattern of infant and early childhood mortality. Longitudinal methods are used in examining the life course of these foundlings and the determinants of their mortality.
D I Kertzer; W Sigle; M J White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Population studies     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0032-4728     ISO Abbreviation:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-07     Completed Date:  2000-01-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376427     Medline TA:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-15     Citation Subset:  Q    
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse / history
Child Care / history*
Child, Abandoned / history*
Child, Preschool
History, 19th Century
Infant Mortality*
Infant Welfare / history*
Infant, Newborn
Social Welfare / history*

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