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June 20, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770036005

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In his " Notes and Comments " on the May report Dr. Frank Reilly, Assistant Health Commissioner of Chicago, says that if a human life is worth $5,000, as the Legislature of the State of Illinois has decreed, then it is an easy matter to demonstrate beyond any peradventure that the city of Chicago is losing at the rate of more than $3,000,000 a year through a polluted water supply. His diagrams furnished with the March, April and May monthly reports show, in graphic manner, the sanitary quality of the water and the average daily deaths from the diseases directly affected thereby for a period of twenty-four weeks— from the week ended December 21, 1895 to the week ended May 30, 1896, inclusive. Examination of these diagrams discloses three continuous periods of several weeks each, to-wit, first, from December 21 to January 25—six weeks; second, from February 22 to April 2—seven weeks;

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