reasons for the decline in death rate

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  • Reasons for the decline in the death rate
    • Medical improvements (after 1950's)
      • introduction of antibiotics
      • blood trransfusion
      • higher standards of midwifery and maternity services
      • immunisation
    • Public health measures +     environmental improvements
      • improvements in housing
      • purer drinking water
      • improved sewage disposal methods
    • Other social changes
      • decline of more dangerous jobs such as mining
      • smaller families reduced the rate of transmission of infection
      • greater public knowledge of the causes of illness
    • Improved nutrition
      • increased resistance to infection and increased survival chances of those who did become infected
      • accounts for up to half the reduction in death rates
      • doesnt explain why women lived longer than men despite getting less food
  • Improved nutrition
    • increased resistance to infection and increased survival chances of those who did become infected
    • accounts for up to half the reduction in death rates
    • doesnt explain why women lived longer than men despite getting less food

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