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January 5, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520270058004

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During 1906, The Journal noted the deaths of 2,150 physicians in the United States and Canada, a death rate of 17.2 per thousand. This death rate does not differ materially from the estimated death rates of former years. The ages of the decedents varied from 22 to 103, the average being 58 years and 4 months, and the extremes of duration of practice were from 3 days after graduation to 71 years, the average being 22 years and 10 months. The American Medical Association lost 232 members during the year, or 10.8 per cent, of the total mortality. Heart diseases, cerebral hemorrhage, violence, nephritis and pneumonia, in the order named, headed the list of death causes.

In 15.35 per cent, of the deaths, the age could not be ascertained; in 35.95 per cent. the cause of death was not given or was not clear, and in 4.75 per cent. the

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