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January 21, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(3):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910210040012

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The obituaries of 3,331 physicians were published in The Journal during 1949, an increase of 101 over the number published in 1948. This does not represent the total number of deaths among physicians in 1949 but only the total number of obituaries published. Some of these deaths occurred during 1948; a later study, when all the reports become available, will show the total number of deaths among physicians in 1948 and also in 1949.

The average age at death among the 3,331 physicians was 67.2 years. This is 0.2 year less than the average age of 67.4 reported for 1948 but higher by 0.5 year than the average age for 1947. The ages of the decedents ranged from 21 to 99 years; the largest number of deaths occurred between 70 and 74. Four physicians died between the ages of 20 and 24, 28 between 25 and 29, 34 between 30

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