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Old 12-29-2018, 08:49 PM
DrForrester is offline
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When I was young, I asked an elderly relative to compare life in his youth to life today. He said that the one thing that people today almost never discuss (and I haven't seen in this thread yet) is the fact that death was so much more common in the past. If you catch pneumonia today, for example, you would probably think of it as being mildly serious - maybe a night in the hospital and a week or two taking medication. Go back a few decades and something like pneumonia was almost a certain death. My grandmother, at age 22, spent 16 weeks confined to a bed due to pneumonia.

Just about anything could become deadly & very quickly. If a family had 6 or 7 children, they were lucky to see more than half live to marriage. Death was omnipresent.