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Life expectancy trends in 20th century

During the twentieth century, life expectancy at birth increased from 48 to 74 years for men, and from 51 to almost 80 years for women.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2004: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2004. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus04.pdf

Reference

Title
Health, United States, 2004: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
URL
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  • Life Expectancy

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