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Count the dead : coroners, quants, and the birth of death as we know it / Stephen Berry.

Author/creator Berry, Stephen William author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2022]
Descriptionpages cm.
Series The Steven and Janice Brose lectures in the Civil War era
Steven and Janice Brose lectures in the Civil War era. ^A691688
Contents Every body matters -- The birth of death as we know it -- The math of after -- The power of a name -- The temple of time.
Abstract "The global doubling of human life expectancy between 1850 and 1950 is arguably one of the most consequential developments in human history, undergirding massive improvements in human life and lifestyles. In 1850, Americans died at an average age of 30. Today, the average is almost 80. This story is typically told as a series of medical breakthroughs - Jenner and vaccination, Lister and antisepsis, Snow and germ theory, Fleming and penicillin - but the lion's share of the credit belongs to the men and women who dedicated their lives to collecting good data. Examining the development of death registration systems in the United States - from the first mortality census in 1850 to the development of the death certificate at the turn of the century - Count the Dead argues that mortality data transformed life on Earth, proving critical to the systemization of public health, casualty reporting, and human rights"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2021049359
ISBN9781469667515 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN9781469667522 (paperback ; alk. paper)

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