Friday, June 8, 2007

New Books on Life Expectancy

Here is the list of new books on the topic of Life Expectancy.

The books are listed in reversed chronological order (the most recent books are listed first). To get more information about these books, just click on the titles below:

Vital Statistics of the United States 2006: Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths, and Selected Health Data (Vital Statistics of the United States)
by Helmut F. Wendel and Christopher S. Wendel (Hardcover - April 30, 2006)

From Booklist:
The U.S. government document that held the title Vital Statistics of the United States from 1937 to around 1993 no longer exists in its traditional multivolume form. A user needing this information would have to consult multiple electronic and paper sources to find the data still being collected by the various government agencies. Enter Bernan, a publisher whose stock in trade is repackaging government information. This first edition of the Bernan version is part of their award-winning U.S. DataBook series.
The Bernan publication has considerably fewer pages than the government document, and one would assume fewer tables, although as the document did not have continuous paging, it is hard to give a percentage difference. To the sections on births, mortality, and marriage and divorce, Bernan adds a fourth section, "Health," that had never been part of the original but is a considerable portion of this volume. Other benefits to the new version are a topical index in the back (users of the document had to rely on the titles of the tables to find information), a glossary of terms, and notes on source material. Not included is the geographic reporting of statistics that was a major emphasis of the document version. Researchers may have to seek local sources for that level of detail and perhaps lose comparability of the data as a result.
Bernan's Vital Statistics of the United States reflects the current state of the world by its choice of issues to report, among them birthrate by smoking status of mother and AIDS and Alzheimer's included as causes of death. The health section includes tables on high-school students not engaged in physical activity, use of mammography, and numbers of hospice patients. Statistics on marriage and divorce compose a tiny portion of the volumes, since they are no longer systematically gathered.
Even though the information can perhaps be found in other sources, this nicely packaged volume will be hard for many libraries to pass up.

Life Expectancies: Monologues That Challenge
by Michael Kearns (Paperback - Nov 8, 2005)

Book Description:
The average life expectancy is about 75 years. But there's another kind of life expectancy, one that describes how we each feel our life ought to go, ought to be lived. When conflict, obstacles, and tragedies shake our lives, these life expectancies are challenged, stretched to their limits - and sometimes they break. For Michael Kearns this friction between expectation and the unexpected is a wellspring for vivid, authentic drama about everyday and extraordinary people.
In Life Expectancies Kearns grapples with the difficult feelings that result when our expectations don't match our reality, and the resulting monologues challenge the audience and the performer to humanize topics and people who are often willfully ignored. Whether entering the shadow world of the homeless through a street person's thoughts, going far afield to see war's devastation through eyes that have experienced Iraq up close, or clinging to home in order to unknot a fatherchild relationship, the humor, humanity, and emotional honesty in Kearns' collection of outcasts and misfits prove they are not society's losers, but rather its graceful, artful survivors.
Confront the expectations of yourself, your audience, or a casting director. Read Life Expectancies, perform its gritty, vibrant monologues, and come to understand people whose lives have been changed - for the worse and for the better - by the unexpected.

Poverty and Life Expectancy: The Jamaica Paradox
by James C. Riley (Hardcover - Jul 18, 2005)

Book Description:
A multidisciplinary study that reconstructs Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy and explains how that was achieved. Jamaica is one of the small number of countries that has attained a life expectancy nearly matching that in the rich lands, such as the US, despite having a much lower level of per capita income. Why this is so is the Jamaica paradox. This book provides an answer, surveying possible explanations at the outset of Jamaica's rapid gains in life expectancy, in the 1920s, and since. Jamaica’s approach to reducing mortality emphasized that school children and their parents master lessons about how to manage disease hazards, and led to a successful collaboration between public health authorities and the people.

Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease: Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists and Other Vegetarians
by Gary E. Fraser (Hardcover - May 21, 2003)

Life Expectancy in Court: A Textbook for Doctors and Lawyers
by T. W. Anderson (Hardcover - Dec 2002)

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