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August 2, 1913

Typhoid Death-Rate of Memphis

Author Affiliations

Memphis, Tenn., Superintendent Department of Health.

JAMA. 1913;61(5):359. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350050041018

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To the Editor:—  I beg to call your attention to your article (May 31, 1913, p. 1703), in which you say that Memphis has the unenviable distinction of maintaining the highest death-rate from typhoid fever of any of the large cities of the United States. If you will refer to our correspondence you will note that this mortality rate is explained, and since your editorial has been quoted editorially and otherwise by the lay press of some of the cities in Ibis section as well as other sections, it becomes my duty to take this matter up with you in the interest of simple justice.[Comment: The correspondence referred to by Dr. Goltman was a letter in which it was explained that the typhoid situation in Memphis for 1912 was due to the overflow of the Mississippi River, which infected a portion of the city's water-supply. To combat this infection,

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