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Persons who accept statistics at their face value may be deceived by the excellent health record for 1932, which, on the face of official returns, persists in spite of economic depression and, according to some writers, partly at least because of the depression. Obviously fatal industrial accidents will decrease as a direct result of unemployment. There may also be temporary diminution in the number of breakdowns due to diseases which are unfavorably influenced by industrial employment. Possibly persons with tuberculosis, heart disease, kidney diseases and high blood pressure may live a trifle longer in consequence of enforced rest, due to unemployment. Obviously, also, traffic accidents may be fewer, or at least the rate of increase will be retarded, in consequence of the storage of large numbers of passenger and commercial cars and fewer new cars placed in service. Few owners have money to spend on pleasure driving, and shrinkage of
DEPRESSION DEATH RATES. JAMA. 1932;99(16):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680050015