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The Brussels Medical Week
The recent Brussels medical week (journées médicales) was a complete success. In his opening address, the minister of health discussed the sanitary condition of the country. In 1830 Belgium, with a population of 4,000,000, had about 100,000 deaths; in 1930 Belgium, with a population of 8,000,000, had about the same number of deaths (100,000). In 1920, 1,459 cases of typhoid were reported; in 1931, 150 cases. In 1920, 6,409 cases of diphtheria were recorded; in 1931, 1,669 cases. In 1929, 500 cases of poliomyelitis were notified; in 1931, 59 cases. There were no cases of plague or cholera. In 1910 there were 16.3 deaths per 10,000 inhabitants from tuberculosis; in 1930 there were only 11.8 deaths from tuberculosis per 10,000 of population.Public health work in Belgium is accomplished by the collaboration of medical practitioners and the government health services. The government decided not to delegate
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1933;100(10):756-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100050026