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January 8, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950190048017

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 173) the Bureau of Medical Economic Research of the American Medical Association presents some rather startling facts on the age and sex distribution of patients in registered hospitals in the United States late in 1953. Although 17% of all persons admitted to hospitals during the year were pregnant women, on the day the hospital reported, only 46.8% of the patients in the survey were females. Even at the childbearing ages of life 15 to 44 there was an excess of 13,233 males in the 6,539 registered hospitals that were covered in the survey. The age distribution of patients reported in this first comprehensive survey of hospital patients is significant; 7.5% were under 15 years of age, 40.9% were in the age group 15-44, 31.2% in the age group 45-64, and 20.4% in the age group 65 and over. Males exceeded females in each of the

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