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December 19, 1942

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JAMA. 1942;120(16):1311-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830510049013
Abstract

HEALTH CONDITIONS IN A NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT  A recent review of the health and the social and economic conditions in a small area in East Harlem, New York City,1 revealed 3,653 instances of chronic disease among 2,863 of 9,119 persons. Nearly 1 out of every 3 persons suffered from one or more specific types of chronic ailment. Some 539 cases, or 5.9 per cent of the studied population, had venereal diseases. The highest incidence, 6.9 per cent, was found among the Puerto Ricans, who constituted 46 per cent of the studied group; the incidence among the Negro and white groups, 37 and 17 per cent of the population respectively, was 6.04 and 2.9 per cent respectively. Some form of cardiovascular disease was found in 5.65 per cent of the surveyed population. Tuberculosis ranked third in prevalence of chronic diseases in the studied population. Indeed, the death

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