Cover Story | Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control recently released
their 1999 mortality statistics. In Travis County, Texas (pop.
737,000), where I live, 3,873 people died that year. That works out
to over 74 deaths per week in the Austin area. I had no idea that
such a stream of hearses flows past my house. News media cover
fatal traffic accidents occasionally and murders more often.
Newspapers have paid obituary pages, but these only hint at what's
going on. Most people died of disease,