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Jul 2, 2012 · Leading Causes of Death in the US: 1900 - Present (Infographic) By Ross Toro published July 01, 2012 The 20th century saw big strides in defeating many illnesses, but heart disease and cancer...
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In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths occurred among children aged less than 5 years; in 1997, that percentage was only 1.4%. In 1900, the three leading causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), and diarrhea and enteritis, which (together with diphtheria) caused one third of all deaths (Public health action to control infectious diseases in the ...
While Americans have mostly conquered many of the diseases that used to kill thousands in the early 1900s, one disease in particular kills a lot more people today than it did a century ago....
Leading Causes of Death, 1900-1998 The tables on the following pages represent the leading causes of death in the death registration area for the period 1900-1932 and the United States for the period 1933-1998. Since the tables were produced at different times and for different publications, the formatting and even the
- Pneumonia or Flu. Today, people get their flu shots so they don’t have to suffer through a week at home of aches, chills and nausea. In 1900, flu pandemics had the potential to take the lives of millions.
- Tuberculosis. Getting tuberculosis in 1900 was a death sentence—and a drawn-out one at that. Suffers of the infectious disease that typically attacks the lungs had an average of three years to live.
- Child birth. Giving birth in 1900 was a scary thing. According to some historical accounts, most well-trained doctors, all of whom were men, didn’t want to practice obstetrics, leaving the worst doctors to deal with child birth.
- Infant mortality. If you made it through child birth in 1900, there was still a good chance your child wouldn’t make it through his or her first year. More than 150 out of every 1,000 children under the age of 1 died each year in the United States.