Mortality trend tables for leading causes and selected components : United States, 1950-1969
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Mortality trend tables for leading causes and selected components : United States, 1950-1969

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      These 20 tables present age-specific death rates by color and sex for 13 of the 15 leading causes and selected components of these causes for each year during 1950-69. The two causes not included are Certain causes of mortality in eady infancy, which ranked as the sixth leading cause in 1969, and Congenial anomalies, which ranked as the twelfth leading cause in that year. Mortality trends for these causes, based on the number of live births for each year during 1950-69, are shown in a report of the series Vital and~ealth Statistics (National Center for HeaJth Statistics: Mortality trends for leading causes of death, United States, 1950-69. Vital and Health Statistics. Series 20-No. 16. HeaIth Resources Administration, DHEW, Rockville, Md.).

      During 1950-69 causes of death were classified according to three revisions of the International Classification of Diseases. The Sixth Revision was in use during 1949-57; the Seventh Revision during 1958-67; and the Eighth Revision was introduced in 1968. These revisions are made in order that the disease classification may be consistent with advances in medical science and changes in diagnostic practice.

      Each revision has produced some breaks in the comparability of cause-of-death statistics. For the breaks between the Sixth and Seventh Revision, see Vital Statistics-Special Reports, Vol. 51, No. 4, March 1965; for the breaks between the Seventh and Eighth Revision, see the above mentioned Vital and Health Statistics report.

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