The Compression of Morbidity

September 1983 | James F. Fries

Within this century the major problems of health and illness have shifted from those of infectious diseases to the burdens of chronic illness and aging. Although there is an apparent “maximum life potential”-and more people can expect to approach this biological limit-the challenge is to increase the span of years free of disability. Fears about aging-chronic disease, senescence, and total dependence on others-may not be warranted in the future.

Author(s): James F. Fries

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Volume 61, Issue 3 (pages 397–419)
Published in 1983