Death at the Opposite Ends of the Eurasian Continent

Mortality Trends in Taiwan and the Netherlands 1850-1945

Edited by Theo Engelen, John R. Shephard, and Yang Wen-shan

Edited by Theo Engelen, John R. Shephard, and Yang Wen-shan

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

400 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $42.50 ISBN: 9789052603797 Published February 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This volume examines contrasting historical demographics in Western Europe and Asia, taking the Netherlands and Taiwan as representative populations. Both countries have witnessed steady, continuous improvements in public health, disease prevention, and medical care. The contributors compare the impact of disease and mortality on the lives of individuals and families under very different cultural and social conditions. Death at the Opposite Ends of the Eurasian Continent analyzes a variety of factors, including maternal and infant mortality, as well as the accuracy of Taiwan’s censuses and death reporting.

Contents
Introduction: Death at the opposite ends of the Eurasian continent: Mortality trends in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850–1945 
      Theo Engelen and John R. Shepherd

1. Trends in mortality and the evolution of the cause-of-death pattern in the Netherlands: 1850–2000
      Frans van Poppel
2. Trends in mortality and causes of death in Japanese colonial period Taiwan
      John R. Shepherd
3. Mortality in the Netherlands: general development and regional differences
      Theo Engelena nd Marloes Schoonheim
4. Regional and ethnic variation in mortality in Japanese colonial period Taiwan
      John R. Shepherd
5. An outline of socio-medical care in the Netherlands, 19th and early 20th centuries
      Willibrord Rutten
6. An overview of public health development in Japan-ruled Taiwan
      Liu Shi-yung
7. The demographic history of smallpox in the Netherlands, 18th–19th centuries
      Willibrord Rutten
8. Anti-malaria policy in colonial Taiwan
      Ku Ya-wen
9. Maternal mortality in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850–1945
      John R. Shepherd, Marloes Schoonheim, Chang Tian-yun and Jak Kok
10. Maternal depletion and infant mortality
      Theo Engelen and Arthur P. Wolf
11. The massacre of the innocents: Infant mortality in Lugang (Taiwan) and Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
      Theo Engelen and Hsieh Ying-hui
12. Illegitimacy, adoption, and mortality among girls in Penghu, 1906–1945
      Yu Guang-hong, Huang Yu-lin and Chuu Ling-in
13. How reliable is Taiwan's colonial period demographic data? An empirical study using demographic indirect estimation techniques
      Li Chun-hao, Yang Wen-shan and Chuang Ying-chang

References
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