The Role of Therapy in the Decline of Mortality

  • H. O. Lancaster


In this chapter, an attempt is made to assess the importance of various groups of therapy, including vaccination, in the declines in the age-specific mortality rates over the past few centuries, especially since 1800. We shall see in §45.11 that there has been a great tendency among authors to antedate the effectiveness of some modern forms of therapy. See also Table 3.6.1.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. O. Lancaster
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  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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