Sickness Recovery and Death: A History and Forecast of Ill Health.

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This book combines new research data with findings from present-day health surveys to examine the history of ill health and its outcomes in Europe and North America from the 17th century to the present, and to offer some forecasts about future sickness rates and trends. The book assesses the long-run trend of sickness rates and offers a new interpretation of the history of sickness, relying on sickness rates rather than diagnoses of causes of death. Known as "insult accumulation", this interpretation is presented in terms of a theory about how sicknesses experienced earlier in life influence later sickness and the timing of death. James C. Riley is the author of "Population Thought in the Age of the Demographic Revolution" and "The Eighteenth-Century Campaign to Avoid Disease".

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James C. Riley is professor of history at Indiana University. His many books include The Eighteenth-Century Campaign to Avoid Disease, The Seven Years' War and the Old Regime in France: The Economic and Financial Toll, and Sickness, Recovery, and Death: A Forecast of Ill Health.


An integration of history (from the 17th century), medicine, and biology that identifies an increase in ill health rates in North America and Europe since 1870 and projects future trends. Acidic paper. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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