Hogan, William. 'The dependence of national wealth on the social and sanatory state of the labouring classes'. - Dublin: Transactions of the Dublin Statistical Society, Vol. I Session 2, 1848/1849, pp1-9
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. I Session 2 1848/1849
In the year 1841, public attention was called to the duration of
infantile life in the North Dublin Union Workhouse; about
the same period Mr. Willis was elected a guardian, and he entered
on his duties impressed with the belief, that there was an excess
of mortality amongst the children of the workhouse. Circumstances
had made him intimately acquainted with the very poor
inhabitants of Michan's parish. He at once set about the formation
of a table of infantile life, and after a minute and careful
examination of the facts, collected in the course of his enquiries,
was convinced that the alleged excessive mortality amongst the
children of the workhouse was very much exaggerated, and that
the deaths were not more numerous than in the same class outside,
and not more than might have been expected, from the state of
destitution and wretchedness to which the mothers were reduced
before they sought admission.
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