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January 4, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(1):42-43. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530270044005

During 1907 the deaths of 2,013 physicians in the United States and Canada were noted in The Journal, equivalent to an annual death rate per 1,000 of 16.1, based on an estimate of 125,000 practitioners. This death rate does not differ materially from those of the previous five years, which were, respectively, 1906, 17.2; 1905, 16.36; 1904, 17.14; 1903, 13.73, and 1902, 14.74. The age at death varied from 21 to 97 years, the average being 58 years, 11 months and 18 days. The number of years of practice of the decedents varied from the first year of practice to the seventieth, with an average of 30 years, 4 months and 21 days. About 11 per cent. of those who died were members of the American Medical Association. Chief among the causes of deaths were heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage, pneumonia and violence, in the above order.

Causes of Death.1 

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