How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life

How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life

Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.

Great (and lengthy) article from the NY Times by Steven Johnson

Johnson is also hosting a PBS mini-series, and part one airs on May 11. A preview is available.
Extra Life: a short history of living longer

“Discover the little-known story of the innovations in science and medicine that doubled the human lifespan in less than a century, and celebrate the unsung heroes of public health who believed change was possible and acted on it.”

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That looks like those who are afflicted with ‘vaccine hesitancy’ (to use the kinder term) might do well to read it.

Francis Collins appears in one of the episodes.

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