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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age 35-49 years in

England and Wales: 1841-2006

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age 35-49 years in England and Wales since 1841

Comment: The mortality rate for men in early middle age shot up to a level in 1918 that had been exceeded only once in the preceding seven decades—in 1849, the year of a great cholera epidemic. The excess deaths in 1918 were due principally to war, but substantially also to influenza.

Method: Mortality rates were downloaded from the Human Mortality Database (see or on 4 December 2009. The plotted lines connect unsmoothed values.

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