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February 2, 1935

Government Services

JAMA. 1935;104(5):409. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760050055021

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Annual Report of the Public Health Service  For the calendar year 1933 the general death rate in the United States was 10.5 per thousand of population, as estimated on statistics received from twenty-seven states, the annual report of the U. S. Public Health Service reveals. This is the lowest death rate on record for the United States. Preliminary reports for the first six months of 1934 show a somewhat higher rate in many places. During the year under report, the public health service conducted several studies in places where the economic depression has been most severe, and the results showed higher sickness rates in families most acutely affected by economic conditions. The birth rate again declined; there were 16.4 births per thousand of population in 1933, as compared with 17.4 in 1932. The infant death rate was 58.2 per thousand live births. Three diseases reached the lowest death rates ever

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