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Health of the Navy
Motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death in the U. S. Navy during the calendar year 1938, as they have been every year since 1930, except 1933, according to the annual report of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. There were fifty-four deaths from motor vehicle accidents and thirty-three from drowning, formerly the principal cause of death. There were 362 deaths from all causes, giving a rate of 2.6 per thousand. This rate is 31 per cent lower than the nine year median rate (3.78 per thousand).There has been a general progressive decrease in the admission rate for the past ten years. In 1938 there were 54,810 new admissions from all causes, giving a rate of 393.7 per thousand as compared with a nine year median of 520.61. Wounds and injuries were responsible for 7,118 new admissions, a decrease of 4.76 per cent
Government Services. JAMA. 1940;114(12):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120063022