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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Health of District.
—The report of the health officer for the week ended December 31 shows the total deaths to have been 122. There were 119 births and 13 still births. At the close of the week there were under treatment 45 cases of diphtheria, 39 of scarlet fever, 172 of typhoid fever and one of smallpox.
—At the meeting of the Washington Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, held on January 6, Dr. Edward E. Morse read an essay on puerperal arthritis. He took the position that all cases of puerperal arthritis are caused by sepsis and that the so-called puerperal rheumatism is puerperal sepsis.
—The district government is about to build a municipal hospital at a cost of $250,000. The plans presented in competition by Frank Miles Day of Philadelphia were accepted. Congress has been asked to appropriate $150,000 additional to accommodate several
Medical News. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(2):135–140. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500290055011
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