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December 10, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(24):2046. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740760056023

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Statistics on Causes of Death  In the statistics on the causes of death in the German empire, in 1892, infectious diseases were recorded with great detail, whereas organic diseases and the noncontagious general diseases were often considered in collective groups. The number of deaths registered under these collective groups, and particularly deaths recorded as being due to diseases of the circulatory organs and to cancer, have greatly increased during recent decades. Furthermore, the advances in scientific medicine have made the causes of death appear in a different light than formerly and have awakened great interest in types of disease that formerly were not understood. In accordance with a governmental decree, the official statistics on the causes of death from 1932 on will be elaborated on the basis of the comprehensive international list of the causes of death drawn up in 1929. This international list, on the one hand, takes account

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