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March 21, 1925


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Chairman CHICAGO

JAMA. 1925;84(12):884-887. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660380020007

The acute respiratory diseases cause more deaths than all the other infectious diseases combined. This statement is based on tabulations in which pneumonia, all forms, acute bronchitis and influenza are classed as acute respiratory diseases, and the other infectious diseases include, besides tuberculosis, all major infectious diseases except the venereal disease group and its consequences.

PREVALENCE OF PNEUMONIA  During the last twenty years there occurred, in Chicago, 110,903 deaths from the acute respiratory diseases, as compared with 99,096 deaths from the aforesaid other infectious diseases. The number of deaths occurring during the five year intervals of this period is as shown in Table 1. In the latter half of this period, the deaths from acute respiratory diseases exceeded those from other infectious diseases by 64.2 per cent., or, in other words, constituted three fifths of all deaths from the acute infectious diseases.In Chart 1 are shown the death rates

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