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February 26, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(9):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550350047005

The special report3 of the Bureau of the Census on marriage and divorce between the years 1867 and 1906 contains many interesting data with regard to the social questions involved in these problems. Only the first part has yet been issued; and in this is to be found a discussion of the prevalence of divorce among the different occupations. This comparison is of special interest for the medical profession, because, according to the statistics given, physicians and surgeons are very high in the list of those who obtain divorces themselves or have divorces obtained against them. The report says:

"Actors and professional showmen, according to this ranking, are at the head of the list, reporting more divorces in proportion to their numbers than any other class. In all but one of the nine states considered, moreover, they occupy first place, and in the one exception they rank second. These

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