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January 9, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(2):52-53. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010060011

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Mortality from Zymotic Diseases in England—Overcrowding among Workmen—Nitrite of Amyl in Opium Poisoning—An Attack on Pasteur—A New Lead Battery.

During the past ten years in England, there appears, from the decennial report just issued by Dr. William Ogle, of the statistical department of the General Registry Office, to have been a most satisfactory falling off of the mortality due to the various zymotic diseases, with the exception that whooping-cough has remained stationary, and that from small-pox a large increase of from 163 per million living to 236 per million. This increase is due to the very serious outbreak which marked the two first years of the decennium, 1871 and 1872, and which led to the appointment of compulsory vaccination officers by boards of guardians, and consequently to a more stringent enforcement of infant vaccination. If, however, the statistics of small-pox are given by what Dr. Ogle calls natural periods, that

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