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August 14, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(7):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680070051021

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Vital Statistics  According to information furnished by L. Manfredi to the Rivista sanitaria siciliana, the population of Italy has increased from 25,000,000 in 1862 to 42,000,000 in 1926, which is an augmentation of about 70 per cent in a little more than sixty years, and it is still increasing. However, earthquakes caused a loss of 100,000 lives; influenza in 1918 caused 400,000 deaths, and the war occasioned 560,000 deaths and a reduction in births of 1,500,000. The mortality, which in 1880 was 30, had been reduced in 1921 to 17 per thousand. The average length of life has increased, for of the persons born in 1880 scarcely 50 per cent reached age 35, while the persons born in 1919 will, according to calculations, attain an average age of 53.

Two New Institutions in the Psychiatric Field  The first Italian neuropsychiatric hospital, recently established at Arezzo, is housed in a new

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