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November 18, 1899

Elements of Vital Statistics.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(21):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450730063029

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This work is a third edition, the first having been published in 1889, and it forms almost entirely a new book, although the general plan remains as hitherto, as the author states in his preface. He has left out many statistical tables and inserted a few. In its present form the book will maintain the credit of the former editions in an enhanced degree. In fact, as a convenient work for reference, and a guide to those working in vital statistics, it stands almost alone in our language, no other recent work certainly approaching it or taking its place. The author points out many of the fallacies of vital statistics, and in the close of the work gives a special chapter to this subject, which ought to be carefully studied by anyone attempting work in this line. All we can say in criticism is that we wish he had done

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