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May 31, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(22):1797-1798. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650480053032

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Criticism of the Younger Practitioners  The chief medical officer of Budapest, Dr. John Vegh, has just published statistics on the public health of Budapest in the latter half of 1923, which in general was better than in the first half of the year. The number of acute infectious diseases has decreased from 7,875 in the first half to 3,816 in the latter half of the year. On the other hand, tuberculosis claimed many lives, in 1923 the unprecedented number of 3,503. Dr. Vegh's report gives a deplorable picture of the housing conditions in Budapest. The majority of workmen live in overcrowded houses, infested with vermin; two and three people occupy one bed, and the natural consequence is illness, misery and depravity.In this report, the chief medical officer sharply criticizes the younger generation of practitioners. He tries to prove with statistics that they were the cause of the spread of

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