By Paul E. Zopf Jr.
Zopf provides a comprehensive account of the biological components of mortality, its various forms and causes, and its many differentials. The study considers mortality among a range of populations, according to differentials such as age, gender, race ethnic origin, socioeconomic and marital status, and urban or non-urban residence. It also traces changes in the impact of degenerative afflictions, infectious and parasitic diseases, and environmental factors. The many graphs and tables provide succinct and clear evidence of current mortality trends, and the extensive bibliography adds to the value of this work as a research tool.