Mortality patterns of American merchant seamen 1973-1978.

  title={Mortality patterns of American merchant seamen 1973-1978.},
  author={Howard R. Kelman and Florence Kavaler},
  journal={American journal of industrial medicine},
  volume={17 4},
Among 1,922 deaths in the American merchant marine population who were patients in the United States Public Health Service Hospital system in 1973-78, 46% were cancer associated. Eighteen percent of all deaths were due to heart disease. This pattern represented a reversal of the pattern found among patients of acute general care hospitals nationwide for the year 1975. Respiratory cancer amounted to 19.3% of the total, more than twice the number of such deaths among non-seamen patients. These… CONTINUE READING