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January 1952

News and Comment

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(1):161-163. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240010171014

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Deaths from Heart Disease and Cancer.  —The Federal Security Agency has announced that deaths from heart disease and cancer among children of school age exceed in number deaths from all infections and parasitic diseases combined. Dr. Leonard A. Scheele, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, emphasized that there has been an over-all decline in the number of all deaths from diseases in childhood, including those due to both heart disease and cancer, but that the decline in the infectious and parasitic diseases has been overwhelmingly greater. The death rate from infectious and parasitic diseases in the group 5 to 19 years of age dropped from 48.2 per 100,000 in 1933 to 11.5 per 100,000 in 1948. During the same period heart and cancer deaths in the group dropped from 19.8 to 13.0 per 100,000 persons. Accidents continue as the leading cause for all deaths in

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