While watching a TED talk this morning, I saw a chart that reminded me this is not so. It was a talk by an ICU doctor, Peter Saul, and the charts showed the four ways people die. Excuse the poor resolution, it's a screenshot of the video:
If it's tough to read, it essentially graphs function (of the patient as a whole) vs time. The four ways he tracks are (clockwise from upper left):
- Sudden Death
- Terminal Illness
- Organ Failure
I thought these graphs were extremely effective at illustrating a (for most people) unfamiliar concept quickly.
Definitely a "picture's worth a thousand words" type of graph.