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December 3, 1898

The Jugglery of Statistics.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450230048009

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Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I had hoped that after Deputy Surgeon-General Smart's reply to an absurd editorial on the "Jugglery of Statistics," which appeared in the Journal of October 29, no one would seriously quote the mortality rates of the Civil and Spanish Wars, adduced by the Philadelphia Medical Journal of October 15, and yet the writer of the editorial on the "Caribbean Climate in its Medico-Hygienic Relations" (Journal, p. 1249) committed this error.I cannot refrain, therefore, from referring the writer of the editorial to the article above referred to, and if still unconvinced he may profit by Dr. Smart's letter on the "Vital Statistics of the War," which appeared in the Journal of November 19. Respectfully yours,

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