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February 15, 1941

Advances in New York City's Health: Annual Report of the Department of Health of the City of New York for 1939 with a Review of Developments from 1934-1939

JAMA. 1941;116(7):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820070107036

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A chart showing the "conquest of pestilence in New York City" and the total death rate per thousand of population gives a dramatic introductory summary of the battle against disease for little more than a century. We see peaks made by cholera in 1832, 1849 and 1854. On the latter date the total death rate was 47, and from then on it fell steadily, though somewhat irregularly, to 10 in 1939. Each year has seen the scope of work extended. There was but one health center in 1933; there are thirteen today. New developments in the direction of school health and vital statistics services, supervision of food and drug control, sanitary service, public health nursing and industrial hygiene are suggested. The budget of the health department in the year just ended was $5,728,489. A total of 5,081,064 services and examinations were given to a population of approximately 7,600,000. The incidence

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