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April 19, 1913

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JAMA. 1913;60(16):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340160035020

SANITAS IN RURE  In the North Atlantic states in 1910, 48 per cent. of the people lived in small towns and country districts comprising 99 per cent. of the land, and 52 per cent. lived in cities of 300,000 and over comprising the remaining area of 1 per cent. The lure of the great city, a theme saturated with tragedy, has been written of many times; we speak of it merely to call attention to a pamphlet by Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman1 which sets forth one phase of the problem—how to keep in the country those whose only capacity for city life lies in their ambition to be of the madding crowd—and to urge those who have failed in the city to go back to the land. Hoffman points out that longevity and diminished liability to disease are decidedly favored in the country. The typhoid fever mortality-rate is higher