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William Farr (1807—1883) statistician and epidemiologist


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The British government agency responsible for collecting, collating, analyzing, and disseminating statistics on vital events, births, marriages and common law unions, divorces and separations, and deaths. It was originally an agency of the government of England and Wales, established in 1842 in response to an Act of Parliament, and William Farr was the first compiler of abstracts. Its activities and the vital statistics it produces are accessible at http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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