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Acute and Chronic Diseases

  • By: Chuck W. Peek & Kenzie Latham
  • In: Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience
  • Edited by: Clifton D. Bryant & Dennis L. Peck
  • Subject:Gerontology, Sociology of Dying & Death Studies, Lifespan & Developmental Psychology (general)

Historically the modal cause of death is disease. Diseases, also referred to as morbidities, are commonly classified into two categories: acute illness and chronic illness. Acute illness is characterized ...

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