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Life expectancy is consistently underestimated, say researchers

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7347.1173/a (Published 18 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1173
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Life expectancy has increased by 40 years since 1840 and shows no sign of having peaked, claim population researchers. But governments have planned their health and social policies on projections of life span that are wedded to the concept of maximum longevity, they say.

    Writing in the journal Science, the authors, from the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure …

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