Causes of Death among the Young

Blog Post by Nisha Doshi, Editorial, Cambridge University Press

On 11th September 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the findings of their investigation into the leading causes of death among young people. This was the first study of global mortality patterns among those aged 10-24, and its results indicate that road accidents, suicide, complications during childbirth and pregnancy, violence, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis are the principal causes of death.

In the light of this study, readers may be particularly interested in Roger Byard’s Sudden Death in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, the second edition of which was published in 2004 and the third edition is scheduled to be published in 2010. Highly illustrated with more than 800 colour figures, this third edition contains new sections on sexual abuse, pregnancy-related deaths and rare natural diseases, as well as expanded coverage of unexpected death in young adults up to the age of 30 years. Chapters cover all aspects of natural death, as well as accidents, suicides and homicides.

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