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Asthma in Hawaii: a tradition of excess mortality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9088297     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Hawaii has the highest asthma mortality in the nation and clinically has always had high rates. In contrast, international consensus has it that deaths have been rare over the past two centuries to 1950. The objective of this study was to document Hawaii's asthma mortality over the centuries to 1950. Asthma mortality was examined from pre- and early European times through kahunas, aphorisms, historical libraries, and materia medica. In 1879, vital statistics became available locally and from 1901 from the federal government. Asthma deaths were not rare in ancient Hawaii. Vital statistics in 1879 revealed an asthma mortality of 83/100,000 which declined to 4.0 by 1950. U.S. and international mortality, at least to 1930, was almost unknown. Compared to U.S. and international rates, Hawaii's asthma mortality has been excessive since ancient days.
Authors:
D G Massey; B E Hope; G Fournier-Massey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0277-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asthma     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-29     Completed Date:  1997-04-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-7     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Affiliation:
John A Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Asthma / epidemiology,  history,  mortality*
Censuses
Child
Child, Preschool
Hawaii / epidemiology
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Humans
Missions and Missionaries / statistics & numerical data

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