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Author Johnson, Steven, 1968- author.

Title Extra life : a short history of living longer / Steven Johnson.

Publication Info. New York : Riverhead Books, 2021.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  362.1 JOH    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Granby, Main Library - Adult  362.1 JOH    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  362.1 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - NEW Adult Nonfiction  362.1 JOH    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.1 JOH    Check Shelf

Description xxxiv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index.
Note "Now a PBS documentary series" -- cover.
Contents Introduction: Twenty thousand days -- The long ceiling: measuring life expectancy -- The catalogue of evils: variolation and vaccines -- Vital statistics: data and epidemiology -- Safe as milk: pasteurization and chlorination -- Beyond the placebo effect: drug regulation and testing -- The mold that changed the world: antibiotics -- Egg drops and rocket sleds: automobile and industrial safety -- Feed the world: the decline of the famine -- Conclusion: Bhola Island, revisited.
Summary "As a species, humans have doubled their life expectancy in one hundred years. Medical breakthroughs, public health institutions, rising standards of living, and the other advances of modern life have given each person about 20,000 extra days on average. This book attempts to help the reader understand where that progress came from and what forces keep people alive longer. The author also considers how to avoid decreases in life expectancy as public health systems face unprecedented challenges, and what current technologies or interventions could reduce the impact of future crises. This work illuminates the power of common goals and public resources; the work of activists struggling for reform, and of scientists sharing their findings open-source-style; and of non-profit agencies spreading innovations around the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Life expectancy -- History.
Public health -- History.
Public Health Practice -- history. (DNLM)D015980Q000266
Life Expectancy -- history. (DNLM)D008017Q000266
Delivery of Health Care -- history. (DNLM)D003695Q000266
Socioeconomic Factors -- history. (DNLM)D012959Q000266
Technology -- history. (DNLM)D013672Q000266
MEDICAL / Public Health.
Life expectancy. (OCoLC)fst00998268
Public health. (OCoLC)fst01082238
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Instructional and educational works.
ISBN 9780525538851 (hardcover)
0525538852 (hardcover)
9780593395691 (pbk.)
0593395697 (pbk.)
9780525538875 (ebook)
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