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[Perspectives] Man-made disaster

13 Jan 2018

In its last years, the Soviet Union was not meeting the needs of its citizens. One simple measure, life expectancy at age 15 years, showed the USSR to fall progressively further behind western Europe, all through the 1970s and 1980s. It was meeting material needs of its population—infant mortality was fairly low, and people had enough to eat—but not spiritual needs, to use the words of Mikhail Gorbachev, last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Deaths from heart disease were high, as were violent and other alcohol-related deaths.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet