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January 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(3):224. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650290054022

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Sanitary and Public Health Conditions  Dr. Ladislav Procházka, chief health officer of the city of Prague, described recently the sanitary and public health conditions of the capital of the Czechoslovak republic before the newly elected council of Greater Prague. The crude death rate for the city in the year 1922 was favorable, amounting to 12.24 per thousand. When this death rate is analyzed, one can readily see that there are still great prospects open for its further reduction. Tuberculosis, which has declined enormously since the close of the World War, still causes 16 per cent, of all deaths. There are districts in which 20 per cent, of all deaths are due to tuberculosis. Dr. Procházka sees the chief reason for the high incidence of tuberculosis in the bad housing conditions in the city, which has witnessed a considerable increase of population without providing the necessary housing facilities. Also, the infant

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