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September 1977 (Volume 55)
John B. McKinlay
Sonja M. McKinlay
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Legislators, practitioners, and the public may deem it “heretical,” but analysis of United States data shows that introduction of specific medical measures and expansion of services account for only a fraction of the decline in mortality since 1900. Even acknowledging that “mortality” and “health” are not synonymous, analysis of age- and sex-adjusted rates still suggests important trends and generates hypotheses for informed social action.
Author(s): John B. McKinlay; Sonja M. McKinlay
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Volume 55, Issue 3 (pages 405–428) Published in 1977
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