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April 9, 1927


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service; Chief Medical Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

JAMA. 1927;88(15):1198-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680410074031

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To the Editor:  —We are replying to the editorial comment on this subject (The Journal, January 8, p. 104), and to the communication from Dr. Haven Emerson (The Journal, February 5, p. 424).The Census Bureau figures for death rates among Indians as given by Dr. Emerson are:The death rate per thousand in accordance with Indian Office figures are:The latter figures, instead of showing an increase of 48 per cent in the mortality rate among the Indians in the four years ending with 1924 as stated by Dr. Emerson, show an increase of 4.9 per cent for the five year period from 1921 to 1925, inclusive. It is thought that this apparent increase is due to the fact that with increased and improved medical, hospital and nursing service on Indian reservations there has been brought about a better reporting of birth and death data for this population.It

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