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Maternal deaths in medieval sweden: an osteological and life table analysis

  • Ulf Högberg (a1), Elisabeth Iregren (a2), Claes-Henrik Siven (a3) and Lennart Diener (a4)

In a medieval population of Stockholm only three cases of maternal deaths were proved out of 330 burials of adult females, and only in one of the cases was a contracted pelvis found. However, life table analysis indicates a shorter life expectancy of females in the reproductive ages. This suggests a higher maternal mortality in the Middle Ages than in the 18th and 19th centuries in Sweden.

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Journal of Biosocial Science
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  • EISSN: 1469-7599
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