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August 21, 1943

TYPHOID IN THE LARGE CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1942: THIRTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT

JAMA. 1943;122(17):1181-1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840340002010
Abstract

A communication was addressed to the health officer of each of the cities, requesting the number of deaths from typhoid, excluding paratyphoid, both among residents and among nonresidents as recorded for 1942. In addition to the tendency for many cities to keep no data on reallocations for residents there was observed a distinct carelessness on the part of some health officials to submit accurate and complete figures. In many instances the number of cases was given and only the challenge of the reviewer brought forth the data requested. For other cities multiple inquiries brought forth irreconcilable replies. Too frequently the answer was left to a subordinate employee, although there is evidence that in the largest cities the health officer has established a routine whereby he gives final approval to statistical data released by his department. It is recommended that the smaller cities follow this excellent example. A few health officers

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