#HAPTER 4HE$EATH2EVOLUTIONIN7ESTERN3OCIETY and Its Global Implications
The years 1880 to 1920 saw a transformation of the fundamental features of death, both in the United States and in western Europe. Trends that had been gradual since the later eighteenth century coalesced and accelerated, particularly in the area of infant death rates. Causes of death began to shift dramatically. So, ﬁnally, did the location of death, as the typical site of dying moved from home to hospital.