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August 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):496-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870044005

The month of August was ushered in by a torrid temperature causing a reign of terror throughout the central and eastern sections of the country which equaled, if not surpassed, all previous records of lives destroyed by climatic causes. Day by day a stationary high thermometer swelled the long list of victims and the humid nights furnished no relief to the perspiring and exhausted multitudes. Even Chicago, "The Windy City," discarding her sobriquet, missed the invigorating breezes from Lake Michigan, and for a period of ten days the atmosphere was tainted by the odor of hundreds of putrefying animals lying in the streets, which the city authorities were powerless to expeditiously remove.

We are indebted to Acting Commissioner of Health, Frank W. Reilly, M.D., of Chicago, for the mortality statistics of the various cities. The death rate in Chicago for the week ended was 697, making the annual death rate

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