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September 26, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;120(4):292-293. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830390042015

MISLEADING INSURANCE ADVERTISING ON HEART DISEASE  According to a communication from the Better Business Bureau of Pittsburgh, "an insurance company" is disseminating literature stating that a certain policy covers "heart disease," whereas the actual policy provides protection only against "aneurysm of the aorta." Any physician would know that this is misleading. Tabulations of the division of vital statistics of the Bureau of the Census indicate that there were 3,635 deaths due to aneurysm of the aorta reported in 1940. The probability of dying from aneurysm of the aorta is relatively small, as indicated by the death rate of 2.8 per hundred thousand of population. In comparison with the mortality from heart diseases, the number of deaths from aneurysm of the aorta is less than 1 per cent of the total deaths reported for the diseases of the heart. There were 385,191 deaths from heart diseases in 1940. The figures cited

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