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The General Register Office and the tabulation of data, 1837–1939

Edward Higgs

in The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198508410
eISBN:
9780191708831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter presents the story of table-making in the General Register Office (GRO), which reveals a general pattern — the reduction in informational complexity and the subsequent reintroduction of ... More


The Linguistic Construction of Social and Medical Categories in the Work of the English General Register Office, 1837–1950

Edward Higgs

in Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199270576
eISBN:
9780191600883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270570.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

Examines the classification systems and nosologies that were developed by the General Register Office in London in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in terms of modern linguistic analysis. ... More


Public Information, Private Lives: Dr James Craufurd Dunlop and the Collection of Vital Statistics in Scotland, 1904–30

Gayle Davis and Rosemary Elliot

in Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland: c. 1850-1990

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781845861162
eISBN:
9781474406222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861162.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Medical Law

Medicine, law and public policy intersect in the history of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), and nowhere more so than in the career of Dr James Crauford Dunlop. From his appointment ... More


Numbers, Norms, and Opinions: Death and the Measurement of Progress

Tom Crook

in Governing Systems: Modernity and the Making of Public Health in England, 1830-1910

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290341
eISBN:
9780520964549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290341.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter examines how the statistics generated by the General Register Office (GRO) were used to measure and test the progress of England’s emerging public health system. It does so by focusing ... More


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Local Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Mid-Nineteenth Century Scotland

Anne Cameron

in Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland: c. 1850-1990

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781845861162
eISBN:
9781474406222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861162.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Medical Law

Compulsory civil registration of vital events in Scotland commenced in 1855, and was overseen by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). Local registrars, elected by the parochial boards, ... More


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