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September 12, 1891

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(11):422-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410890040016

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)  For a time during the month of August just past, the temperature was higher than for many years previously in this city; yet, strange to say, the fatal results due directly to the heat were proportionally very small. The total number of deaths directly attributable to the heat was 48, and of these, 37 occurred during the three hottest days, August 10, 11 and 12; when the highest point registered by the thermometer was respectively 98, 95 and 92 degrees in the shade, and 135, 134, and 133 in the sun. The statistics of the Health Department fail to show any such register since 1866, when the complete records begin. These records show that the heated term in July, 1872, was the most fatal that the city has experienced. During this famous hot week which ended on the sixth of July, the mortality rose from 807

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