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January 13, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(2):108. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200048025

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Health Problems in Alaska.—  Dr. Jack C. Haldeman, medical officer in charge of the Arctic Health Research Center, said in an address before the recent Alaskan Science Conference that (on the basis of reported causes of death) accidents, alcoholism, suicides and homicides, as a group, accounted for 32 per cent of the deaths in Alaska among the white population during the five year period ending December 1949. By comparison, in 1948 only 9 per cent of all deaths in the United States as a whole were attributed to these causes. Alcoholism was reported as the immediate cause of death among the white population 20 times as often in Alaska as in the States and eight times as often among the nonwhite group. Tuberculosis was reported as the cause of death on 43 per cent of all death certificates for Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska in 1946, 10 times as

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