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July 7, 1894

THE DEATH RATE OF ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(1):36. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421060054010

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Abstract

The following editorial article appears in the Medical Brief of St. Louis:

We have just finished reading, with surprise and indignation, an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 26, page 813) giving a comparative list, in point of healthfulness, of the most prominent cities in the United States.

Great stress is laid upon the salubrity of Chicago, the death rate being given at 17.8 per one thousand; while the other cities mentioned range from 20.54 per thousand for Baltimore to 24.48 for Philadelphia, St. Louis is conspicuous by her absence. The reason for this omission will be found in the following letter from Dr. George Homan, City Health Commissioner:

St. Louis, May 31,1894.

Dr. J. J. Lawrence, Editor Medical Brief, City: 

Dear Sir:  —In answer to yours of 29th instant I have the honor to state that the annual death rate in this city, as calculated

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