Mortality Patterns in National Populations

Mortality Patterns in National Populations

With Special Reference to Recorded Causes of Death

1st Edition - November 28, 1976

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  • Author: Samuel H. Preston
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219363

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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

  • Preface

    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




Product details

  • No. of pages: 214
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: November 28, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219363

About the Author

Samuel H. Preston

About the Editor

H. H. Winsborough

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