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January 1, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(1):52-53. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550270052003

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During 1909 the deaths of 2,199 physicians in the United States and Canada were noted in The Journal. On the estimate of 135,000 practitioners, this is equivalent to a death rate of 16.29 per 1,000. The annual death rates as recorded in the previous seven years were as follows: 1908, 17.39; 1907, 16.1; 1906, 17.2; 1905, 16.36; 1904, 17.14; 1903, 13.73, and 1902, 14.74. For the last six years, therefore, there has been only a slight variation in the mortality rate. The age at death varied from 22 to 100, with an average of 59 years 5 months and 29 days. The number of years of practice varied from one to seventy-nine, the average being 31 years 6 months and 22 days. The chief death causes were, in the order named: heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage, violence, pneumonia, nephritis and senile debility.

Causes of Death.  —There were 429 deaths assigned to

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