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Mortality Patterns in National Populations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125644501, 9781483219363

Mortality Patterns in National Populations

1st Edition

With Special Reference to Recorded Causes of Death

Author: Samuel H. Preston
Editor: H. H. Winsborough
eBook ISBN: 9781483219363
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 1976
Page Count: 214
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Mortality Patterns in National Populations: With Special Reference to Recorded Causes of Death aims to interpret the account left by millions of death certificates that have been recorded in 43 nations. The book discusses a ""model"" of the cause structure of mortality at various levels of mortality from all causes combined; the effect of various causes on the chances of death and longevity; and the contribution of economic factors to declines in mortality during the 20th century. The text also describes the causes of death and age patterns of mortality; the causes of death responsible for variation in sex mortality differentials; and the demographic and social consequences of various causes of death in the United States. Demographers and ecologists will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Nature of Data Base

Scheme of the Analysis

Chapter 2 Structure and Change in Causes of Death: An International Summary

Linear Model of Variation in the Cause Structure of Mortality

Association among Causes; with Emphasis on Cardiovascular Disease and "Other and Unknown Causes"

Contribution of Various Causes to Mortality Decline as a Function of Mortality Level

Populations with Unusual Cause-of-Death Structure

Regional Variation in Cause-of-Death Structure

Changes in Cause-of-Death Structure


Chapter 3 Effect of Various Causes on the Chances of Death and Longevity

The Chances of Dying from a Particular Cause of Death

Effect of Various Causes on the Length of Life

Effect of Various Causes on Expected Years of Productive Life

Chapter 4 Contribution of Economic Factors to Declines in Mortality during the Twentieth Century

Types of Relationships

The Relations Reexamined


Appendix 4A: Estimates of Life Expectancy and Per Capita National Income in Three Decades of the Twentieth Century

Appendix 4B: Data Employed to Decompose Change in Life Expectancy from 1930's to 1960's

Chapter 5 Causes of Death and Age Patterns of Mortality

Average Age Patterns of Mortality

Variations in Age Patterns of Mortality

Variation in Model Age Patterns Attributed to Varying Causes of Death Structures

Illustration of the Importance of Cause-of-Death Structure for Divergencies in Age Patterns of Mortality: The Coale-Demeny Models

Turning the Problem on Its Head: Causes of Death and the "African Standard"

Model Mortality Patterns Based on Causes of Death

Chapter 6 Causes of Death Responsible for Variation in Sex Mortality Differentials

Comparative Mortality of the Sexes by Age and Cause as a Function of Mortality Level

Measuring Sex Mortality Differentials for Individual Populations

Aggregate Contribution of Individual Causes of Death to Sex Mortality Differentials

Relations among the Differentials for Particular Causes of Death

Sex Mortality Differentials in Each Population

Regional and Temporal Variation in Sex Mortality Differentials

Trends in Sex Mortality Differentials

Environmental Factors Associated with Sex Mortality Differentials


Correlation Results

Regression Results


Socioeconomic Factors and Regional Patterns


Appendix 6A: Sources of Data and Construction of Measures Used in the Cross-Sectional Analysis

Chapter 7 Demographic and Social Consequences of Various Causes of Death in the United States

United States Life Tables with Various Causes of Death Eliminated

Female Dominant Projections with Constant Fertility





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About the Author

Samuel H. Preston

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H. H. Winsborough

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