Aging, Natural Death, and the Compression of Morbidity

James F. Fries, Randolph M. Nesse, Edward L. Schneider, Jacob A. Brody

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To the Editor: In their Sounding Board article (Oct. 6 issue),1 Schneider and Brody direct attention to the “compression of morbidity,”2 raising issues discussed in detail elsewhere.3,4 In contrast to the authors' belief in a life-span increase, the U.S. record, 113 years and 214 days, was established in 1928; the Canadian record holder, at 113 years and 124 days, died in 1814! These marks, moreover, are for individuals; the species' life span must be an average; one would not describe human height as 224 cm. Nine convergent estimates of life span,4 including demographic, anthropologic, physiologic, species, historical, and observational data,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-660
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 8 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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