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May 9, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710038007

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Dr. Campbell Munro, Medical Officer of Health for Renfrewshire, in his annual report for 1894 takes up the question of the pecuniary loss that follows a prevalence of infectious diseases. The epidemic of typhoid fever in Mid-Renfrewshire in 1893, caused 74 deaths out of 859 cases. As a first item in the bill of expenses, Dr. Munro estimates that through loss of wages the community lost over $16,000. The loss through the cost of the treatment of patients is placed at an average of $25; Dr. Munro has found that the average cost of a patient treated at the hospital was not less than $40. On this basis the epidemic caused an expenditure of $21,000 in treatment. The cost of funeral expenses is estimated at $1,850, thus making for the three items of loss above enumerated, a total of $37,850. The next item to be considered, the money-value of the

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