The Top 10 Causes Of Death In 1900 Vs Death In 2010

Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010

This chart by the New England Journal of Medicine compares the top causes of death in the United States in 1900 and 2010. The shift is fascinating -- in little more than a century, humanity has eradicated so many diseases. Others, however, have increased, like cancer and heart disease.

I wonder if these increases are due to environmental factors, the ageing of the population, or erroneous diagnosis in 1900. Dodgy record-keeping could also be a contributor, since there weren't exactly loads of computers churning data back and forth as today.

Two additional interesting tables:

Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010

Top 10 Causes of Death, Years of Life Lost from Premature Death, Years Lived with Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) in the United States, 2010.

Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010

Global DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Life Year) Attributable to the 25 Leading Risk Factors in 1990 and 2010.