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POLITICS 303

TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY

DEATH IN AMERICA

 

Questions about the Mortality Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/other/atlas/atlas.htm

Results: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/atlasres.pdf

Maps for All Causes: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/gis/atmapall.pdf

 

Of the 18 major causes of death, any surprises?

What light does this data shed on our four case studies?

·       health insurance

·       physician-assisted suicide

·       capital punishment

·       oil

 

Are there any obvious or subtle patterns to the distribution of mortality?

 

Do you notice any patterns related to the following?

    • race
    • gender
    • class
    • age
    • geography

 

What is missing from this data? What else might one want to know?