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January 2, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(1):56-57. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570270058017

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During 1914 the deaths of 2,205 physicians in the United States and Canada were noted in The Journal. Reckoning on a conservative estimate of 153,000 physicians, this is equivalent to an annual death-rate of 14.41 per thousand. For the twelve previous years the death-rates were as follows: 1913, 14.64; 1912, 14.13; 1911, 15.32; 1910, 16.96; 1909, 16.26; 1908, 17.39; 1907, 16.01; 1906, 17.2; 1905, 16.36; 1904, 17.14; 1903, 13.73, and 1902, 14.74. The average annual mortality for the period from 1902 to 1914 inclusive was therefore 15.71 per thousand. The chief death causes in the order named were: senility, heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage, pneumonia, accident and nephritis. The age at death varied from 23 to 99, with an average of 60 years, 11 months and 6 days. The general average of age at death since 1904 is 59 years, 9 months and 19 days. The number of years of practice

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