Here are all the ways we died in the 20th Century

Illustration for article titled Here are all the ways we died in the 20th Century

We've talked about all the ways humans have died over the last 40 or so years, but what are the most common causes of death throughout the entire 20th Century? Over at Information is Beautiful, designer David McCandless has whipped up a stunning infographic that helps visualize the answer.

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Originally commissioned by the Wellcome Collection, the piece serves as a companion to the the November 2012 exhibit, ”Death: A Self-Portrait – The Richard Harris Collection.” It's a damn compelling piece of datavisualization – and a massive (i.e. zoomable!) one, at that:

Illustration for article titled Here are all the ways we died in the 20th Century
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Check out more of McCandless' work on his website, and on Information is Beautiful.

See also: How We Died 200 Years Ago, Compared to How We Die Today

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

Too big to mean anything. Some of the world changed so much between 1900 and 2000 and some of it changed very little.

Dividing the western world into 25 year sections would be interesting. Separating out modern Africa and showing the two side by side. As it is, it is hard to learn much.

Also, I suspect Tobacco and Alcohol are under represented.