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January 9, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(2):100. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490470028002

In The Journal of Jan. 10, 1903, were noticed the deaths of 1,400 regular practitioners in the United States. During 1903 the deaths of physicians in the United States and Canada numbered 1,648.* This is probably within 5 per cent, of the total mortality in the medical profession of North America. The number of physicians in this country can only be estimated, we are sorry to say, but a close estimate would place the number at 120,000.

In 36.6 per cent, of the cases no cause of death was given or the cause alleged was incorrect or incomplete. Heart disease, which undoubtedly includes a number of cases of sudden death and cases of so-called "heart failure," was given as the cause of 163 deaths; pneumonia stands first among the legitimate causes of death, with 109; tuberculosis caused 89 deaths; nephritis 84 deaths; paralysis, which is relatively indefinite, is reported as

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