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Cari Cuffney & Patrick Remington

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Chapter 23: Fifty Years of Progress in Disease and Injury Prevention (1950s–Present)

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Fifty Years of Progress in Disease and Injury Prevention (1950s–Present)
Fifty years of progress in disease and injury prevention (1950s–present)
CariCuffney and PatrickRemington

Since 1960, the age-adjusted death rate from all causes in the United States has decreased by nearly 50 percent (see Table 23.1). Although a full exploration of the reasons for this decline is beyond the scope of a single chapter, it is essential to understand the progress made in four of the leading causes of premature death: infant deaths, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injuries. We discuss these key issues, using examples of specific health problems and the potential impact of policies and programs that were developed to respond to each health problem. More broadly, we discuss recent trends in health policies in disease ...

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