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October 19, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(16):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600420057016

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The report of the Bureau of the Census on the mortality statistics covering the registration area for 1916 has just appeared. The death rate was 14 per thousand population, slightly exceeding the rates for 1914 and 1915, which were 13.6 and 13.5, respectively, but slightly lower than that for 1913, which was 14.1. Of the 1,001,921 deaths that occurred in the registration area, 54.7 per cent. were males and 45.3 per cent. famales. Infants under one year of age constituted 16.4 per cent. of all deaths, continuing the gradual decrease that has taken place since 1900 in deaths of infants under 1 year. In 1900 this rate was 20.7 per cent, of the total. The deaths of infants under 5 years have gradually decreased from 30.4 per cent, of all deaths in 1900 to 23.4 per cent. in 1916. The highest death rates in 1916

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