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January 24, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(4):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490040044005

Nearly three years ago1 we called attention to the fact that statistics showed that pneumonia was causing more deaths than tuberculosis. We believe that we were the first to call attention to this fact, but it is becoming generally recognized.

The circular issued by the health department of Chicago for the week ending January 17 begins with the statement: "Since the census year 1900 pneumonia has claimed more than one-eighth of all the victims of the Grisly Reaper in Chicago; one-third more than consumption and 46 per cent, more than all other contagious and infectious diseases combined, including diphtheria, erysipelas, influenza, measles, puerperal fever, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhoid fever and whooping cough, the total of which deaths was 4,489 as compared with a total of 6,562 deaths from pneumonia." This statement is a striking one and certainly confirms our earlier assertions as to the predominance of pneumonia over other

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