Forward: A Tale of Two Cities

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, William C Richardson, Robert K Ross & John W Rowe
The twentieth century ended with an extraordinary record of achievement in improving the health of Americans and the health care system that serves them. The average life expectancy of aU.S. citizen improved from forty-nine years at the start of the century to nearly eighty years at its close. The U.S. infant mortality rate fell by more than 90 percent between 1915 and 1977. Many communicable diseaseswere either eradicated or greatly reduced because of the widespread...
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