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October 22, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(17):1440. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690050021

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The Public Health in 1931  The annual report on the public health in 1931 by the chief medical officer of the ministry of health has just been published. The number of births in England and Wales during the year was 632,081, giving a rate of 15.8 per thousand; the number of deaths was 491,630, giving a rate of 12.3. The infant mortality rate was 66 per thousand births. The chief causes of death in the order of mortality were (1) diseases of the heart and circulation (255 per thousand deaths); (2) respiratory diseases (130); (3) cancer (121); (4) diseases of the nervous system (82); (5) tuberculosis (73).

INCREASE OF DEATHS FROM CANCER  The mortality from cancer continues to increase. The number of deaths was 59,346 against 57,882 for 1930. Of these, 27,777 occurred in males and 31,569 in females. These figures give a rate of 1,484 per million persons living

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