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The health transition: the cultural inflation of morbidity during the decline of mortality

Johansson, Sheila Ryan


It has become commonplace to observe that as mortality falls, morbidity levels rise. The question is why? The explanation offered here stresses the multidimensional nature of morbidity, and the important role that diverse cultural forces have on the patterns of behaviour which underlie reporting behaviour during modernization. These forces involve rising health expectations on the part of ordinary people, including their ability to perceive illness and their willingness to seek professional...[Show more]

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Date published: 1991
Type: Journal article


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