The Sexes Compared, and Other Essays

Paperback | January 16, 2012

byEduard Von Hartmann

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE VITAL QUESTION OF THE FAMILY. Under all circumstances, the life of families among the higher classes is, on the average, shorter than among the middle and lowest grades of society. But there has seldom been a time in which this want of proportion has reached such alarming dimensions as at present. It is difficult to give an exact proof of this statement, for the average life of a family is not directly dependent on the average life of the individuals constituting it. Moreover, we possess only fragmentary statistics bearing on the life-duration of the family of the middle and lowest orders. Nevertheless, this remark will not be disputed when it is considered that the three principal causes of these differences among the various classes have been considerably intensified of late. These are: the greater proportion of bachelors, the later mean age of marriage, and the smaller average number of children falling to the share of each household. Besides these three conditions there is another whose effects it is far more difficult to estimate, and respecting which no statistical facts are yet forthcoming. Nevertheless, its force is none the less weakened. It is this. That in contrast to the stronger muscular action and vital power called forth by the employment of the working classes, the intense mental strain and sensual life of the higher ranks consume more nervous force; and consequently the life of the race is much sooner spent. The power of propagation is more interfered with by the abuse of nervous force than by any other cause. Indeed, it acts in a two-fold manner. In the first place, in respect to the number and healthiness of the generation immediately following; secondly and more particularly, in its effect on the vitality and productive capacities of the ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE VITAL QUESTION OF THE FAMILY. Under all circumstances, the life of families among the higher classes is, on the average, shorter ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217611605

ISBN - 13:9780217611602

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