Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Early analysis of deaths from lung disease (2nd of 2)

Arthur Thomson's table, adapted from his book The story of New Zealand: past and present, savage and civilised (1859), compares admissions to hospital and deaths related to lung disease with total diseases across 10 British territories. It reveals New Zealand's relatively low rates of lung disease and death.

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Reference: Arthur S. Thomson, The story of New Zealand: past and present - savage and civilized, London: John Murray, 1859, p. 322.

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Pākehā epidemiological transition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 March 2023)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019