Unformatted text preview: was the leading cause of death in two years. The two leading causes of death among the population were coughing/consumption and infant mortality. On the other end of the spectrum, few people died from cancer or heart failure and only two people died from alcohol abuse. As Wills notes, “The world has changed immensely since Graunt’s time.” The leading causes of death have reversed since Graunt’s study over 350 years ago. The threat of plague has been almost completely eradicated while the leading cause of death today is now cardiovascular disease. Technology has improved immensely since the 1600s which has led to great advancements in medicine. For example, the invention of the vaccination has been able to prevent the spread of numerous diseases. The everlasting yearning for knowledge and answers will continue to mold our medicine, causes of death, and our global population size....
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- Fall '10
- Demography, exponential population growth, Graunt, cleaner water systems