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October 12, 1889

Sanitary Condition of Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(15):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401110035012

To the Editor:  —In response to your editorial entitled "The Sanitary Condition of Los Angeles" (Sept. 28), pardon me for a statement of the facts. "The paragraph by a local paper" is simply claptrap, which grew out of a heated newspaper contest prior to the sewer bond election, as the figures will demonstrate.Los Angeles, with a population of 80,000 inhabitants in 1888, had a death-rate of 8.50 per 1,000. The death-rate for the current year is 8.89 per 1,000 inhabitants per annum. These figures include "95 deaths from consumption from foreign states"1 for last year, with even a larger proportion for the present year. These figures also include the deaths of the Los Angeles County Hospital (located in the city), which is no less than an interstate and international hospital as well. I voted for the bonds, but knowing the figures and the facts, I am constrained to