Posted by Vale
Back in 1812 in Boston it was consumption that was most likely to kill you, although out of 942 recorded deaths, teething killed 15 and childbed 14, the same number that were killed by the quinsy.
In 1900 tuberculosis was near the top of the list, but pneumonia or influenza had overtaken it. A bad year for the flu?
By 2010 TB has disappeared, pneumonia languishes like a fading football team towards the bottom of the league table, while cancer has leapt to prominence.
From the three tables shown, it isn’t until 2010 that diabetes makes an appearance or suicide.
I’ve taken all the data from a fascinating article in the New England Journal of Medicine describing how, over 200 years, different diseases have come to the fore. More interesting are its reflections on the way that the different diseases that kill us are expressions of the society we live in.
Its worth a look.