The risk of being sick: morbidity trends in four countries.

  title={The risk of being sick: morbidity trends in four countries.},
  author={James C. Riley},
  journal={Population and Development Review},
  • J. Riley
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Population and Development Review
THE REDUCTION OF DEATH RATES in the developed countries, a trend that has been underway typically for more than a century, is one of the most substantial achievements of humankind. As a result of this revolutionary change in the risk of death, the average number of years that people live has more than doubled. Many observers believe that the mortality decline signals a proportional long-run improvement in health. But the health surveys conducted in a number of countries in recent years suggest… 
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