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It is very interesting to examine the statistics of sudden death from heart disease in New York City during the last three years. In 1900 there were registered 4,069 deaths from heart disease in the greater city of New York in a population of approximately 3,445,-000, while in 1901 there were 4,626 such deaths, the population having presumably increased about 100,000. Thus there was an increased ratio of sudden deaths to population. In 1902 the number of sudden deaths reported from heart disease had increased still further to 5,461. Calculating the percentages of sudden deaths from heart disease to population, allowing for the before-mentioned increase of population, the deaths of this kind to each thousand were, in 1900, 1.18; in 1901, 1.31; in 1902, 1.34.
For the year 1903 there was a decrease in the number of deaths from this cause, so that the ratio was only 1.28 per thousand.
DEPRESSANT DRUGS AND SUDDEN DEATHS.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(3):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490480039007