FARR, William.

Vital Statistics: a memorial volume of selections from the reports and writings… Edited for the Sanitary Institute of Great Britain by Noel A. Humphreys.

London: Offices of the Sanitary Institute…1885

8vo, 2 leaves (the first blank), pp. xxiv, 2 leaves, pp. 563, (1), photographic frontispiece portrait. Original blue cloth with bevelled edges by Eyre & Spottiswoode of London, red edges, black endpapers. Cloth a little rubbed at the extremities and with a tiny hole at foot of spine, otherwise a very good copy. Stamp of the Metropolitan Life Assurance Society on title and first blank leaf.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 1704: “Farr applied statistical methods to epidemiology and was the first mathematically to express the rise and fall of epidemic diseases, thus making possible the more accurate prediction of the occurrence of epidemics.” Farr (1807–1883) first published his Vital statistics in 1837 and considerably expanded it in 1839, a work which ranks with Graunt’s Observations as an original contribution to medical statistics. This volume is a celebration of the work of one of the most important statisticians who developed and popularized methods which have become standard tools in epidemiology, demonstrating the waste of human life caused by preventable conditions.


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