Public Health: The Top Killers


Reporting on the statistics of death in the U.S., the National Health Education Committee, supported by funds from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, left no doubt about the identity of the nation's No. 1 killer: heart, kidney and circulatory diseases, including strokes, which accounted for 55% of the nearly 2,000,000 deaths in 1962. The second-place killer is cancer (16%). The other major causes of death: accidents (6%), diseases in the newborn (4%), influenza and pneumonia (3%), diabetes (2%), congenital malformations (1%), cirrhosis of the liver (1%) and suicide (1%).


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