Death at the Opposite Ends of Eurasian Continent: Mortality by Theo Engelen, John R. Shephard, Yang Wen-shan

By Theo Engelen, John R. Shephard, Yang Wen-shan

This quantity examines contrasting historic demographics in Western Europe and Asia, taking the Netherlands and Taiwan as consultant populations. either international locations have witnessed regular, non-stop advancements in public health and wellbeing, disorder prevention, and remedy. The members examine the influence of ailment and mortality at the lives of people and households less than very assorted cultural and social stipulations. demise on the contrary Ends of the Eurasian Continent analyzes various components, together with maternal and toddler mortality, in addition to the accuracy of Taiwan’s censuses and dying reporting.

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Malaria As mentioned above, it appears that the reports of malaria deaths provide a relatively consistently reported series for the entire period, 1906-1941. Malaria presents identifiable symptoms, periodic chills and fevers and swollen spleens, which would be known to family members of the deceased and easily reported to the personnel certifying the cause of death (who may or may not have attended the deceased before death). Special training was not needed to correctly identify the bulk of deaths caused by malaria.

The decrease of this cause of death took place in two stages: till 1900 and after the middle of the 1930s. External causes of death also played only a minor role. W. W. II till the middle of the 1960s, mainly caused by traffic accident mortality and a very strong decrease afterwards. Suicide mortality contributed only to a very small degree to the mortality transition. It showed a decreasing trend, from the 1970s followed again by a slight increase. The present-day mortality pattern is characterized by the dominant role played by cardiovascular diseases and the various forms of cancer.

After all, sickness, physical handicaps and death were essential and integral elements of life that had enormous consequences, not only for the person who became ill, injured or died, but also to persons in the household and the larger community. It brought about large changes in income and consumption; it reallocated labor within and outside the household, and caused the dissolution of households etc (Over, Ellis, Huber and Solon 1992). The region in which one lived, the class to which one belonged, the family situation in which one was in had a great bearing on when and how one died.

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