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July 6, 1929


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Mexico City

JAMA. 1929;93(1):54. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710010060028

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To the Editor:  —As officer in charge of the interchange office of the department of public health in Mexico, I receive from the United States several bulletins of the departments of public health of different states and counties. In these bulletins I have noted that the term "Mexican" is used incorrectly as denoting a certain race or color. In the interest of uniformity and truth in the basis of classification in vital statistics, I take the liberty to discuss the subject. In Mexico there are many white inhabitants with Mexican nationality, chiefly of Spanish origin. The rest of the population is composed of pure Indians, mixed Indians and white, negro, mixed negro and white (mulatto) and mixed Indian and negro. The word "Criollo," or creole, is used to designate the pure Spanish white inhabitants.Even among the Indians there are different types, and there is great difference between the Aztec

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