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The Compression of Morbidity

James F. Fries
The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly. Health and Society
Vol. 61, No. 3, Special Issue: Aging: Demographic, Health, and Social Prospects (Summer, 1983), pp. 397-419
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349864
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349864
Page Count: 23
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The Compression of Morbidity
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Abstract

Within this century the major problems of health and illness have shifted from those of infectious diseases to the burdens of chronic illness and aging. Although there is an apparent "maximum life potential"-and more people can expect to approach this biological limit-the challenge is to increase the span of years free of disability. Fears about aging-chronic disease, senescence, and total dependence on others-may not be warranted in the future.

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