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Demography and the health situation

  • William A. M. Cutting
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Abstract

Demography is the systematic study of populations. It is a social science which relates to biology, statistics and ethics. It deals with the fundamental events of life, birth and death, the various factors which influence these events, and the consequent changes in the size and structure of populations. Demography is particularly relevant to maternal and child health because a high proportion of the people in the world are women of child bearing age, and children, who in many countries suffer disproportionally high mortality rates.

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