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August 4, 1894

VITAL STATISTICS.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100034007

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Abstract

A correspondent (Dr. S. B. Griffin, of Stockton Springs, Me.) asks the Journal to furnish him "the statistics for 1890, or later, of the mortality of each State in the Union and, especially, the number of deaths from consumption in each thousand deaths in each State."

As the Journal is in frequent receipt of similar queries from its subscribers—and which have hitherto been answered individually from the best sources of information at hand—it seems well to say that there are no trustworthy vital statistics for " each State in the Union." The only authoritative compilation of such data is that of the decennial census of the United States, and this covers—for such purposes as these inquirers have in mind—only those States and cities which have in force some legally authorized system of registration of deaths and causes of deaths.

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