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June 11, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(24):1564-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490690032008

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Charities has recently published the first of a series of studies on the foreign elements in our country. The series begins with Italians, an important class of immigrants, both on account of their number (there are said to be 382,000 in New York City alone) and because they are, for obvious reasons, not as well understood by the ordinary American as immigrants from Northern Europe.

The publication consists of a number of articles by American and Italian-American social workers and physicians, and it is those by the latter, dealing, as they do, with disease among the Italian immigrants, which are of special interest to us. Dr. Rocco Brindisi of Boston takes up the question of the Italian and public health; Dr. Antonio Stella of New York, the question of tuberculosis among the Italians.

When he enters this country the Italian is usually strong and healthy, the old and feeble are

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