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A comparison of the mortality rates of white South Africans with those of the population of England and Wales.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7404006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The health of Whites in South Africa in 1970 was poorer than that of the population of England and Wales, judged by the higher mortality rates (MRs) for all causes of death of White South Africans, for all ages combined and for every age interval from infancy to old age. Two groups of causes of disease were the main reasons for the poorer health of White South Africans: (i) 'diseases of the circulatory system' accounted for 50-60% of the higher MRs for all causes of death; ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease were the two main causes of circulatory deaths, and MRs for these two diseases were much higher in White South Africans than in England and Wales; (ii) 'accidents, poisonings and violence' accounted for 38% of the higher MRs for all causes of death in males and for 17% of those in females. Motor vehicle accidents and suicide were the main causes of accidental deaths, MRs of White South Africans being much higher than those in England and Wales. These MRs were among the highest in the world. Other diseases which contributed, to a small extent, to the poorer health of White South Africans because of the higher MRs compared with those in England and Wales were cirrhosis of the liver in adults, gastro-enteritis, meningitis and septicaemia in infants and children, and 'other ill-defined and unknown causes of death' in elderly people.
Authors:
C H Wyndham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1980 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-10-27     Completed Date:  1980-10-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  729-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Child
Child, Preschool
England
European Continental Ancestry Group
Female
Humans
Infant
Male
Middle Aged
Morbidity
Mortality*
South Africa
Wales

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