January 3, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(1):52-53. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720270054023

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Longevity in Italy  The Istituto centrale di statistica, with headquarters in Rome, has collected, from necrologic reports and by means of special questionnaires, interesting information on anthropologic characters, the composition of families and the personal habits of persons 90 years and beyond who died in 1926 and in 1929. It appears that the number of such decedents in Italy in 1926 was 3,897 (1,754 males and 2,143 females), or in the proportion of 100 males to 122 females. Of 100 decedents of both sexes, 87 were between 90 and 94 years old, 12 were between 95 and 99, and 1 had passed the 100 mark. Venice reported the largest number of aged persons. In 1929 there were 2,872 decedents above 90 years of age, 1,254 of whom were males and 1,618 were females (100 males to 129 females). In 1929, also, the largest number of aged persons was reported from

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