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December 18, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(25):2078-2082. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780510052018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 20, 1937.

The Annual Health Report  In his annual report, just published, Sir Arthur MacNalty, chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health, compares the vital statistics of today with those of a century ago. In 1936 the crude death rate was 12.1 per thousand against 22.4 in the eighteen forties, the infant mortality 59 per thousand live births against 153. The number of infants who died under 1 year of age, 35,425, was less than half the number who would have died under the conditions as recent as thirty years ago. The death rates for both respiratory and nonrespiratory tuberculosis were in 1936 the lowest on record. The standardized death rate from all forms of tuberculosis was 657 per million, against 3,476 in the fifties of the last century. It is noted as "particularly satisfactory" that the mortality from tuberculosis among young women,

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