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  •  Yes, that is a often mis-used statistic (4+ / 0-)

    the one used for the turn of the century is 47 yr life expectancy.. but once again, that is from birth.  

    Anyone making it to adulthood had a good chance of making into their 60's... which really means, since this is an average, those that made it into their 60's more likely lived well into their seventies and beyond.

    We really don't live much older these days.. we live longer on average is all.

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    by Skeptical Bastard on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 06:29:47 AM PDT

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    •  Except for women who had children (4+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately not a lot of reliable stats on maternal mortality rates for 19th century US, pretty good article is here: http://www.ajcn.org/...

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      by grannyhelen on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 07:05:25 AM PDT

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      •  yeah.. agreed.. (1+ / 0-)
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        one could include in the "making it into adulthood" category those women past child-bearing years.

        I once found a really good set of tables listing all life-expectancies from different ages back in that time.  And after 30 or so, being done with most child bearing and most young people's diseases, your life expectancy was well into its late 60's (if I recall correctly).

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        by Skeptical Bastard on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 09:37:18 AM PDT

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