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February 6, 1909

Better Statistics of Industrial Mortality for the United States

JAMA. 1909;LII(6):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540320061013

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To the Editor:  —I read with much interest the leading editorial in The Journal, Jan. 9, 1909, p. 138, on "Industrial Hygiene: a Neglected Field," and wish to make it the basis of an appeal for the cooperation of the medical profession of the United States in securing more definite statements of specific occupation and industry of decedents on certificates of death. As you justly say, in this country industrial mortality and morbidity statistics are inadequate and often misleading from their very inadequacy; and this unsatisfactory condition contrasts strongly with the completeness of industrial mortality statistics in the other countries.The mortality of occupations is one of the most difficult problems of vital statistics, especially in the United States, where only a little over one-half of the population possesses fairly complete registration of deaths. The accuracy of figures showing occupational mortality from various causes of death depends on the completeness

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