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December 4, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(23):1919-1920. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680230043016

The results of a study of the deaths of physicians, based on the records from the files of the American Medical Association and the annual editorial in The Journal on this subject, have just been made available by Emerson and Hughes.1 They attempted to determine, as far as possible, the relative death rates of white male physicians and those of other occupied males from the same causes in comparable age groups. The construction of the necessary statistical tables required an immense amount of work involving the classification by age groups of thousands of physicians, the distribution by states of physicians over 45 years of age, and the classification by important causes of death of the total occupied male population in the registration area from the occupation statistics of the census bureau for 1920. Having thus made possible a comparison, they found that with minor exceptions the specific death rates