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July 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(1):20-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480270024002

On the same afternoon of the Saratoga meeting two of the sections of the Association were occupied with the important question of the present-day mortality from pneumonia. In the Section on State Medicine the discussion brought out the fact that while the mortality from all the other infectious diseases has been very materially decreased, and they occur with ever-lessening frequency, while the general city death rate has been nearly halved in a quarter of a century and the average age at death of the population has increased from 31 to over 35 years, the mortality from pneumonia has increased almost in proportion to the density of the population of our cities. While tuberculosis has dropped to fourth place in the list of diseases causing death, pneumonia has advanced to second place in many large city mortality returns. In the Section on the Practice of Medicine, on the other hand, the