Demographic and epidemiological quantification in Balearic hygienism, 1850-1930

Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora

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At the end of the 19th century, social medicine promoted the use of quantification as a means to evaluate the health status of populations. In Majorca, hygienists such as the physicians Enric Fajarnés, Bernat Riera, Antoni Mayol and Emili Darder and the civil engineer Eusebi Estada sought a better understanding of health status by considering the population growth, the demographic and epidemiological profile and the influence of weather on mortality. These calculations showed that the Balearic population had a good health status in comparison to the population of mainland Spain, although less so in the international context. These results were explained by the benevolence of the insular climate, a factor that would also guarantee the success of the public health reforms proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-184
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • 19th and 20th centuries
  • Demographic and epidemiological profile
  • Health status
  • Population growth
  • Quantification


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