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April 3, 1926

THE TECHNIC OF MEDICATIONA SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE METHODS OF PRESCRIBING AND PREPARING, THE INDICATIONS FOR, AND THE USES OF VARIOUS MEDICAMENTS

JAMA. 1926;86(14):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720400004008a
Abstract

Table 13.—Total Average Diphtheria Death Rate, 1923-1925 Total Population (70 Cities) Diphtheria Estimated by the U. S. Diphtheria Death Rate Census Bureau Methods Deaths per 100,000 1923...................... 29,243,128 3,838 13.12 1924...................... 29,810,993 3,285 11.05 1925...................... 31,049,595 3,024 9.74 Seven cities are omitted from this summary because data for the full period are not available.

Tables 12 and 13 show impressively the waning of diphtheria as a cause of death. In 1925 for the first time there were more cities with rates under 10 than with rates over 10.

PILLS  Though the word pill is derived from pila, a ball, it seems best to define the word, for the purposes of practical therapeutics, as rather slowly disintegrating medicinal masses of a size and shape convenient for swallowing. They should not weigh more than 0.5 Gm., or less than 0.05 Gm. If the pill is of a larger size it is called

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