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March 5, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(10):819-820. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360041013

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The medical profession is striving for the day when the well trained physician will enjoy fully the wholehearted and intelligent cooperation of the layman. Given such collaboration and the present achievements of the science of medicine, anxiety over the elimination of specific infectious diseases could probably be largely eliminated. In 1931, for the first time, New Haven was without a death from diphtheria and in this year there were only four cases of this disease, a new low record for this city of 162,670 inhabitants. Furthermore, this was the third year, in recent times, during which no death from scarlet fever has occurred. Not only were there forty-seven fewer cases of tuberculosis reported in 1931 than in the immediately preceding year, but the mortality rate was the lowest in history. Two epidemics were experienced, yet even in respect to these the death rates were unusually low; of 4,636 cases of

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