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January 9, 1915

THE BOOKKEEPING OF HUMANITY

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(2):154-155. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570280060022
Abstract

In the study of disease, whether for the development of measures of prevention or for cure, uniform and accurate vital and morbidity statistics are so essential that no apology need be made for repeatedly referring to the subject. It is to be deplored, however, that even after many years of agitation, only about 60 per cent. of our population is included within the approved area of registration of births and deaths. Satisfactory figures regarding morbidity are recorded in a very much smaller area. The American Medical Association has continually and consistently fought for such measures. In 1846, by resolution, the Association requested the profession to take immediate concerted action to secure legislation to establish offices for the collection of vital statistics, and provided for a committee from each state to report on a uniform system of registration of marriages, births and deaths. In 1855 a resolution was adopted providing for

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