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January 10, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(2):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490020034004

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During 1902 the deaths of 1,400 regular practitioners of the United States were noticed in The Journal. This is probably within 5 per cent, of the total mortality in the profession of the country, as our facilities for obtaining notices of deaths are very complete. The total number of physicians in the United States is probably about 105,000, and the number of regular practitioners about 95,000. Consequently, the death rate for the year was about 14.74 per 1,000, a lower rate than is usually supposed to obtain in the profession. The statistics of life insurance companies claim a mortality rate per thousand among physicians of 7 at the age of 25; 15 at the age of 35; 21 at the age of 45; 34 at the age of 55, and 112 at the age of 65. The statistics of the United States Census of 1900 show figures which closely parallel

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