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April 9, 1938

Government Services

JAMA. 1938;110(15):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150047018

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Annual Report of the Surgeon General of the Army  Automobile accidents, the leading cause of death in the U. S. Army since 1930, again led the list during the calendar year 1936 with 105 deaths, according to the annual report of the surgeon general. This was the highest number in a decade, the previous high being ninety-two in 1931; the number reported in 1935 was sixty-six. Of the total, thirty-eight deaths were attributed to collisions; in twenty-five cases the cause was listed "struck by automobile"; in fourteen "car overturned" and in six the car had crashed into objects off the road. There were 1,539 admissions to sick report for automobile injuries. Suicides and airplane accidents occupied the second and third places in the list of causes of death, as they did in 1935, with totals of sixty and fifty-eight, respectively.The first disease to appear on the list was pneumonia,

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