Frailty, sickness, and death: models of morbidity and mortality in historical populations.

  title={Frailty, sickness, and death: models of morbidity and mortality in historical populations.},
  author={George Alter and James C. Riley},
  journal={Population studies},
  volume={43 1},
of health', which consists of declining morbidity rates. We wish to challenge these assumptions by examining an historical episode of declining mortality where evidence is also available about morbidity, and by presenting models designed to explain ways in which mortality changes influence population composition. Evidence on morbidity and mortality trends is available from British Friendly Societies in the nineteenth century. The records of those societies show a strong increase in age-specific… 
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