Infographic: ‘What Killed Us, Then and Now’ (Washington Post)

 

Top 10 causes of death: 1900 vs. 2010. Graphic: New England Journal of Medicine

Top 10 causes of death: 1900 vs. 2010. Graphic: New England Journal of Medicine

Using a chart from the New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post offers the piece “How We Die,” comparing causes of death in 1900 to those 110 years later. The chart, which ranks the top 10 causes of death for each year, shows the overall mortality decline, as well as the shift in what’s behind people’s deaths today. Heart disease and cancer have surged, from causing 18% of deaths in 1900 to 63% today. Meanwhile, we don’t have to worry too much any more about dying from gastrointestinal infections or tuberculosis.

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