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In its latest weekly bulletin the Chicago Health Department calls attention to the exaggerated statements that are sometimes made in regard to the prevalence of consumption, quoting one authority whose estimate would require 35 per cent, increase over the figures shown in the last U. S. Census reports, notwithstanding the fact that there has been a steady decrease all these years in the mortality from phthisis. This is only one instance of the exaggeration in which good men allow themselves occasionally to indulge when speaking of a subject in which they are strongly interested. Consumption is a scourge, but it does not follow that its evils should be overstated. A review of the consumption mortality in Chicago during the last half of the nineteenth century shows a decrease of over 40 per cent. in the ratio of mortality, at the same time that there is a 53 per cent, increase
CONSUMPTION NOT THE ONLY PROBLEM.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490380024007