There were 83,778 deaths from pneumonia in the United States registration area in the year 1913, or 132.4 deaths from this disease per hundred thousand population. In Minneapolis there were 348 deaths from the same cause, or 104 per hundred thousand population. For comparison, in the same year 80,812 persons died from pulmonary tuberculosis in the United States registration area, or 127.7 per hundred thousand population. In Minneapolis there were 383 deaths from pulmonary tuberculosis, or 118 per hundred thousand population. In 1914 there was an increase in the death rate from pneumonia and a decrease in the death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis.
These figures are presented to fix our attention again on the importance of pneumonia. With cancer and pulmonary tuberculosis it forms a dread trio. The death rate from pneumonia has not decreased. In some localities statistical observation shows that not only is pneumonia on the increase but
CROSS JG. ANALYSIS OF FOUR HUNDRED CASES OF LOBAR PNEUMONIA. JAMA. 1915;LXV(21):1778–1781. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580210012004
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