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April 30, 1927

Special Article

JAMA. 1927;88(18):1396-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680440030014

DIPHTHERIA MORTALITY IN LARGE CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1926  FOURTH ANNUAL REPORTThe fourth annual summary of diphtheria mortality in those cities of the United States having a population of more than 100,000 is here presented.1 We are indebted to the local health authorities for information regarding the number of deaths from diphtheria. The population estimates are the same as those used in the article on typhoid recently printed.2 No attempt has been made to adjust the diphtheria rates on the basis of age, sex or racial distribution of the population, although these factors are well known to influence materially the crude rate. Reasons for this decision are given in the second summary.3The New England cities (table 1) had relatively low diphtheria death rates in 1926, as they did in 1925. New Haven easily carries off the palm for both years in this group.