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January 14, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500290052005

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During 1904 we recorded the deaths of 2,142 physicians in the United States and Canada, a mortality of 17.14 per 1,000. The average age at death was over 60 years. The average length of practice was over 30 years.

These facts are based on a critical analysis of the list of deaths published week by week in The Journal. In this are now included not only the regular practitioners, but practitioners of the so-called "schools" which are recognized by state boards of medical examiners. Notwithstanding our persistent endeavors to obtain exact information, the statistics regarding these deaths are still incomplete. As illustrating this fact it may be said that in the notices of the deaths no cause was given, or the cause assigned was so obscure or so manifestly incorrect as to be valueless, in 954 cases, the age was not given in 421 instances, and the number of years

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