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June 13, 1936

DIPHTHERIA MORTALITY IN LARGE CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1935: THIRTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT

JAMA. 1936;106(24):2060-2063. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770240002010
Abstract

This report concerns the ninety-three cities dealt with in the recent article on typhoid;1 the rates are calculated on the basis of the population figures used in that article. The number of diphtheria deaths in each city has been reported to us by the respective health departments.2 Particulars as to the years that are included in the five year averages annotated as "incomplete data" are given in footnotes to tables 1-8 in our previous reports through 1931 and are itemized at the beginning of the article for 1932.

The fourteen New England cities (table 1) again make an excellent showing; half of their number passed through the year without a single death from diphtheria, a truly astonishing record. With the exception of Lowell, in which diphtheria mortality has been relatively high in recent years, and Hartford, where a considerable number of the reported

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