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Catalog of Risks Extended and Updated | Bernard L. Cohen
Article Published: 1991

Type: Statistical Demographic
Published By: Health Physics 1991; 61: 317-335

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 This study conducted by Bernard L. Cohen of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Pittsburgh examines all the most common causes of real and attributed death. The study is particularly interesting because it shows the difference between the macro-benefits of the past and the micro-benefits of the present.
From the estimated life expectancy of 25 years of an Indian tribe in Ohio in 950 A.D. we move to 41.0 years in 1840, 42.5 in 1880, 47.1 in 1890, 50.5 in 1900, 54.3 in 1910, 58.3 in 1920, 61.7 in 1930, 64.6 in 1940, 69.8 in 1950, 72.0 in 1960 and 75 in 1991, when the study was conducted. Nowadays, depending on different studies, the average life expectancy is about 78-79. How much would be gained if ALL the causes of “premature” death were removed? Not very much more – a year, maybe two or three.

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