The Anonymous Widower

A Good Reason For All Types Of Marriage

I did a trawl of the Internet and found this article about William Farr in the New York Times.

He was one of the founders of medical statistics and to quote his Wikipedia bio.

In 1858, he performed a study on the correlation of health and marriage condition, and found that health decreases from the married to the unmarried to the widowed.

The only problem with the study is that it was done 154 years ago. But if he got his statistics right, I suspect his results still hold.

I’m surprised that no-one has invoked William Farr in the argument on gay marriage. After all, the longer we live healthy lives can only be to the good of everybody in the population.



September 12, 2012 - Posted by | Health | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] I was married to a lovely woman for nearly forty years and know the value of such a relationship. There is also the work of William Farr in the 1850s, to reinforce it, as I outlined here. […]

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