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July 27, 1946

Special Article

JAMA. 1946;131(13):1053-1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870300021006
Abstract

DIPHTHERIA MORTALITY IN LARGE CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1945 

Twenty-First Report  No review of the diphtheria deaths in the large cities has been prepared since that of 1942. The procedure followed in obtaining data for this report is described in the review of typhoid mortality for these same cities.1 A communication was addressed to the health officer of each of the cities requesting the number of deaths from diphtheria both among residents and among nonresidents reported in each of the three years 1943, 1944 and 1945. Comment was also sought on any special outbreak of diphtheria or change in age incidence; also any special program to secure the protection of children against this disease. In calculating death rates the 1940 census figures were used. Footnotes indicate corrections in rates for those cities for which the Bureau of the Census has prepared official estimates for years subsequent to

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