Book Reviews
March 1938

Twenty-Five Years of Health Progress.

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By Louis I. Dublin and Alfred J. Lotka. No price given. Pp. 611, with 23 charts and 37 tables. New York: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1937.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(3):659. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980090207021

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This report covers the policy holders of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company during the quarter century from 1911 to 1935; there were 8,000,000 in 1911 and 17,000,000 in 1935. Of these 56.18 per cent were female and 43.49 per cent were under 20 years of age. Negro policy holders in 1934 numbered 11.4 per cent. The general mortality was 3,200,000 deaths of persons between the ages of 1 year and 74 years, or 9.2 per thousand each year. From this group the mortality statistics of the book are drawn. The chapters are devoted to general mortality from all causes, the trend of longevity, the communicable diseases of childhood, tuberculosis, influenza and pneumonia, cancer, cardiovascular renal diseases, diabetes, puerperal conditions and miscellaneous and external causes of death. The appendix gives the methods of compilation and tables on industrial mortality.

Of particular interest among causes of mortality is tuberculosis, which in 1911

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