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March 6, 1897

SUBSTANTIAL GAINS FROM THE TWENTY YEARS' SANITATION OF BERLIN.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(10):468-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440100036005

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Abstract

It is said of the city of Berlin that, in 1875, there were only fifty-seven houses connected with sewers, and the general mortality of Berlin was equal to 32.9 per 1,000 of the population. Ten years later the drainage of the town had been pushed forward with considerable energy. The teachings of Professor Virchow had taken root in the minds of the people. The labor party gave energetic support, and as their voting power was daily increasing the sanitary regeneration of Berlin soon became an accomplished fact. In 1885 no less than 15,895 houses were connected with the sewers, and the death rate was down to 24.4 per 1,000, inhabitants. Finally, in 1895 the work of connecting houses with sewers and abolishing the ancient cesspools and pails had been pretty well completed. There were then over 22,000 houses connected with the sewers, and the death rate was only 19.4 (even

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