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Death and Dying in Modern Times

James L. Hallenbeck

in Palliative Care Perspectives

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165784
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165784.003.0001
Death and Dying in Modern Times

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This chapter examines the issues of death and dying in the U.S. It explains that how people get sick today and how society responds to sickness has changed dramatically. While significant differences remain between developed and developing countries in terms of causes of death, the trend seems irreversible: illnesses and deaths associated with infectious and parasitic causes are on the wane, and chronic, degenerative illnesses such as cancer and dementia are increasing.

Keywords: death; dying; U.S; . developed countries; developing countries; infectious diseases; degenerative diseases; cancer; dementia

Chapter.  4992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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