More Death (1900-2001)

In: Science

25 Jun 2012

The New England Journal of medicine looked through 200 years of back issues to see if we’re making any progress in health. Overall mortality is down, but heart disease and cancer are the two causes we haven’t managed to stamp down much yet.

There’s a nice interactive chart of the top10 causes over time:


A static comparison:


6 Responses to More Death (1900-2001)



June 25th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

WOW we have made progress. According to the chart 1100 people died in 1900. And this was cut to 600/100,000. So that means that in 2010, 99,400 people never die! Where will put all those people?



June 26th, 2012 at 3:33 am

According to Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist) even cancer deaths are down. But you have to see mortality as something age specific. Cancer is just what you die from if nothing else gets you, which is way overall numbers go up. But at all ages, all causes are down, including cancer.



June 26th, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’d really like to know what app they used to create that interactive tool


Andy Brice

June 26th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

>Overall mortality is down, but heart disease and cancer are the two causes we haven’t managed to stamp down much yet.

Everyone has to die of something. If we reduce heart disease then more people will die of cancer, and vice versa.



July 13th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Your title says 201 instead of 2001



July 13th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Fixed. Thanks!

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