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September 2, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(10):840-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640100060027

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Housing Conditions Among Berlin Workmen  As mentioned in former letters, the executive committee of the Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (health insurance society) of the city of Berlin, in which most of the working men are insured under the Reichsversicherungsordnung (Germany's health insurance law,) published, a few years ago, a report on the housing conditions of its insured, and the facts brought out awakened widespread interest. During the war, and for some time thereafter, no statistical reports of the kind were published, but now a report covering the years 1919 and 1920 has appeared. Among the interesting statements brought out by the report is the fact that the number of ill working men living in houses and apartments fronting the street has decreased, while the number of those living in the cheaper rear dwellings and apartments has increased. In 1918, 52.14 per cent, of ill employees were living in rear dwellings; in 1919

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