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July 26, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(4):285-286. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660040055030

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The Effect of War Losses on the Mortality of the Various Age Groups  Corresponding to the extent of their active participation in the war, an increase may be noted in the mortality of males in the various quinquennial age groups during the period of military service. Therefore, according to a recent publication by Dr. Roesle, the age group 20-25 presents throughout the war the highest mortality. Whereas the mortality of that age group in 1913 was only 4.4 per thousand males of the same age, it rose in 1915 to 66.9, which is the maximal figure for that period of life. During the two following years, that enormously high rate was diminished, but rose again to 58.8 in 1918, the year of the influenza epidemic. Also during the first few years after the war, the mortality remained far above the normal rate (that of 1913, for example), since that age

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