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June 8, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;188(10):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360109042

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Abstract

PHS Reports on Mortality Rate Leveling.—  The Public Health Service reported that after a long period of rapid and substantial decline, the death rate for the US has reached the point where further decreases as experienced in the past cannot be anticipated.The mortality trend for virtually every state has been affected, PHS said. Similar changes in the trend of the crude death rate may be observed in the data for a number of other countries.In the US, according to PHS, the mortality trends for every age group from infancy to late middle age or old age—white as well as nonwhites, and females as well as males—have changed in recent years. The death rates for certain subpopulations in the older ages are now stationary or increasing.The recent changes in trends cannot be attributed to the aging of the population or to artifacts in the mortality rates, but stem

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