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December 30, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(27):2422. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520047013

NEW VITAL STATISTICS HANDBOOK  The Bureau of the Census has completed a "Physicians' Handbook on Birth and Death Registration," developed to take the place of the older pocket edition. Copies of this book are being prepared for distribution in large numbers and will be shortly available on request from the Census Bureau and the state health offices. They can also be obtained by secretaries of county medical societies for distribution to their membership. As pointed out in the introduction, the information contained on birth and death certificates serves three cardinal functions: to provide citizens and official agencies with authentic records of births and deaths, to supply public health agencies and the medical profession with essential facts concerning births and deaths, and to furnish, for general social uses, statistical data such as life tables, population estimates and information on residence, migration and fertility. The book gives directions for filling and filing