Rising Life Expectancy
A Global History
By (author) James C. Riley
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Rising Life Expectancy by James C. Riley
Book DescriptionBetween 1800 and 2000 life expectancy at birth rose from about 30 years to a global average of 67 years, and to more than 75 years in favored countries. This dramatic change, called the health transition, is characterized by a transition both in how long people expected to live, and how they expected to die. The most common age at death jumped from infancy to old age. Most people lived to know their children as adults, and most children became acquainted with their grandparents. Whereas earlier people died chiefly from infectious diseases with a short course, by later decades they died from chronic diseases, often with a protracted course. The ranks of people living in their most economically productive years filled out, and the old became commonplace figures everywhere. Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History examines the way humans reduced risks to their survival, both regionally and globally, to promote world population growth and population aging.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521002813
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James C. Riley
Poverty and Life Expectancy, Paperback (October 2011)
A multidisciplinary study explaining Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy.
Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by James C. Riley
Studies the experience of twelve countries that have broken through the limits that low incomes so often impose on human survival. This title presents an analysis that suggests an alternative model of growth in which the measure of a nation's success is not its per capita income but the life expectancy of its population.
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