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February 12, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(7):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440590041005

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The death rate from typhoid fever in this country during the census year 1890, was 46.27 per 100,000 persons, but as this is recognized as under-stating the facts from the necessarily imperfect character of the returns, a better idea of the prevalence of this fever may be obtained from the death rate, 53.25 of certain urban populations in which the records were considered to be accurate. The death rate from typhoid fever in England was in that year only 17.9 per 100,000, and that this was not an exceptional year is shown by the last published report of the Registrar-General, which shows only 17.5. Moreover in every 100,000 of our population we recorded about 20 deaths from malarial fevers, a considerable proportion of which was certainly due to the infection of typhoid fever, while the English have no analogous additions to their recorded typhoid rate. These statistics are startling when

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