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August 10, 1889

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(6):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440040032011

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Abstract

Dr. Roger S. Tracy's Report to the Board of Health on the Mortality of the City—The Board disseminating among the People a knowledge of the Contagiousness of Tuberculosis.

A preliminary report in relation to the mortality in this city for the year 1888, recently presented to the Board of Health by Dr. Roger S. Tracy, Assistant Sanitary Superintendent, has attracted considerable attention on account of the somewhat surprising deductions which he makes from the results of his investigations. These are as follows: "The death-rate in tenement houses is less than the general death-rate of the city. The death-rate in the large tenement houses is less than in the smaller ones. That while diarrhœal diseases and diphtheria show a greater death-rate in the larger houses (leaving out the suburban districts, where the conditions are very different), phthisis and pneumonia show comparatively little difference; that difference, however, being in favor of the

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