Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Early analysis of death from disease (1st of 2)

This table, adapted from Arthur Thomson's book The story of New Zealand: past and present, savage and civilised (1859), compares death from disease for British soldiers stationed in the United Kingdom with those in New Zealand. The total relative mortality for soldiers in the United Kingdom was over three times that of those in New Zealand. Thomson's comparisons were valid because gender, age and occupation were the same for the two groups, and his findings have been confirmed by modern studies.

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Reference: Arthur S. Thomson, The story of New Zealand: past and present - savage and civilized, London: John Murray, 1859, p. 321.

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Pākehā epidemiological transition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/table/26575/early-analysis-of-death-from-disease (accessed 1 October 2020)

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