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In this report of mortality in the registration area, which now comprises 66.8 per cent, of the total population of the United States, a brief history is given of the development of the registration area to its present proportions. Interesting comment is made on the accuracy of statistics of causes of death as they are at present recorded. The difficulties of the collation and compilation of the numerous tables contained in the report are many. Statements of the specific causes of death, even under the International List, which is supposed to be followed at present, are defective. To attempt the tabulation of each cause of death reported on death certificates would mean their tabulation on an alphabetical basis, which would be impracticable. Several hundred thousand certificates are received each year on each of which the names of two or more diseases appear, while present classifications are based on the principle
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