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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age 1-14 years in

Scotland: 1875-2006

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age 1-14 year in Scotland since 1875

Colours: The coloured curves represent Scottish males (blue) and females (red); for comparison, the light grey curves represent males (upper grey curve) and females (lower) in England & Wales.

Comment: In 28 of the 36 years between 1875 and 1910, the mortality rate for Scottish girls was higher than that for Scottish boys. On average during that period, it was 4% higher in girls than boys. By contrast, in England & Wales the rate for girls never exceeded that for boys.

Method: Mortality rates were downloaded from the Human Mortality Database (see or on 4 December 2009. The plotted lines connect unsmoothed values.

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