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May 5, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(18):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640450047021

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Health Statistics for 1922  In 1922, conditions of public health continued to improve. The number of deaths was 30,068, of which 5,552 were due to tuberculosis. This compares favorably with 11,531 out of a total of 52,000 in 1918, but is slightly higher than in 1921, when the number of tuberculosis deaths was 5,265. Infant mortality is much lower than in former years; in 1910 the death rate, under the age of 1 year, was 165.66 per thousand; in 1921, 137.17; in 1922, 138.32. In 1922, the number of births was 29.982; in 1918 the figure was 29.216 per thousand of population. More persons reached the eightieth year than was the case twenty years ago, and the general conclusion to be drawn from these facts is that human life expectancy is improving. The percentage of cancer and circulatory diseases has remained fairly stationary, and influenza has again fallen to the

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