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Death is not what it used to be For most of human history medicine could do little to prevent or cure illness or extend life and living to a reasonably old age seemed to come merely with luck Dying was generally a religious event not a medical one Because many deaths took place at home usually family took care of their dying relatives and usually had a personnel and direct relationship with the dying and death in general These days most people live their lives without thinking of the reality that they might face this kind of reality or in general a wake up call I will explain to you a profile of dying and death in the United States and overview of research on attitudes and practices related to the end of life I will also explain cultural characteristics that influence attitudes and practices related to the end of life and the technological and organizational characteristics of health care Americans on average live much longer than than they did by the end of the 19th century and death in infancy is now very rare The major causes of death now and a 100 years ago are very different The dying process today seems to be much more extended due to medical treatment Death can often be postponed due to reasons like extended treatment Because of situations like this the task of preparing for death can often be neglected and important relationships can be missed At 1900 the average life expectancy was less than 50 years In 1995 the average life expectancy reached 758 years marking an all-time high Women expect to live to 79 and men 73 These statistics however vary with racial differences Black males death rate is nearly twice of white males same as black females Also a century ago people had to deal with diseases such as influenza tuberculosis and diphtheria which at that time were life
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