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X.1   DISEASE.   177

Fathers and Mothers and their ages at death, and severally classified them as in the Table below. It must be understood that there is nothing in the Table to show how the persons were paired. The Fathers are treated as a group by themselves, and the Mothers as a separate group, also by themselves.

CAUSES OF DEATH OF THE PARENTS OF THOSE FRATERNITIES IN WHICH
CONSUMPTION GREATLY PREVAILED.

 

Age at

Father.   death.

Age at

Mother.   death.

Order of

ages at death.

F.

M.

Asthma    

70

Consumption    

40

51

40

Bronchitis   .

89

Consumption    

43

52

42

InfE kidneys and bronchitis .

73

Consumption    

47

59

43

Abscess of liver through lung(alive

Consumption    

55

62

44

Heart    

68

Consumption    

66

68

47

Heart    

74

Consumption    

66

70

50

Apoplexy   

62

Water on chest .   .

60

73

58

Apoplexy   

75

Weak chest. .   (alive)

74

60

Apoplexy    

78

(1 hr. and 2 ss. d. of cons.)

74

65

Decay    

74

HRmorrhage of lungs .

44

75

66

Cancer   

62

Ossification of heart . .

50

76

73

Senile gangrene .   . .

76

Nose bleeding   

83

78

74

(2 bros. d. of cancer). '

 

Cancer    

42

89

83

Mortification of toe . . . .

59

Atrophy    

73

   

Accident .

(3 bros, and 2 as. d. of cons.)

51

Age    

74

   

Very little account is given of the fraternities to which the fathers and mothers belong, and nothing of interest beyond what is included in the above.

The contrast is here most striking between the tendencies of the Father and Mother to transmit a serious consumptive taint to their children. The cases were selected without the slightest bias in favour of showing this result ; in fact, such is the incapacity to see statistical facts clearly until they are pointed out, that I had no idea of the extraordinary tendency on

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