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June 4, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(23):628-630. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391480012005

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The causes which govern the mortality among different classes and ranks in the United Kingdom form the subject of an interesting paper which has just been read before the Statistical Society by Mr. Noel Humphreys, a well-known authority upon topics of this character. The marked decline in the English death-rate during the last eleven years is accepted as proof that the public health is better cared for now than formerly, and that the large expenditure upon sanitary works is bringing substantial return for money in the shape of improved health and a prolongation of human life. The death-rate in the City of London a few weeks ago was almost down to vanishing point, the mortality per thousand of the population being the lowest the city has yet known. Taking the whole country, however, not only are there local variations in the death-rate, but the mortality varies according to the grade

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