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The Incongruities of Health Statistics
Dr. Dequidt, formerly head of the Service central du contrôle in the ministry of public health but who is now the manager of an independent special journal, the Mouvement sanitaire, writes that health statistics as at present published are not fully reliable. While the law of 1902 demands that the exact causes of deaths be registered, the number of deaths from "unknown causes" immediately increased. From 1911 to 1921, between 5 and 6 per cent of the deaths were declared to be due to unknown causes. In 1925, the percentage increased to 26.7. However, in about fifteen departments of France the percentage is above 50, and in the department of la Corrèze it is nearly 70. Such figures render the statistics of these departments practically useless. In a department adjacent to Paris. the mortality from pulmonary tuberculosis has fallen in five years from fifteen to
PARIS. JAMA. 1927;88(16):1246–1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420036021
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