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March 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100065014

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The Sixteenth-Annual Report of the New Hampshire State Board of Health contains some interesting data regarding causes of death in that state, which are not altogether in accordance with prevailing notions as to the mortality. For example, consumption, which is as a rule considered to stand at the head of fatal diseases, falls from first to second place in 1898 and to fourth in 1899, pneumonia, heart disease, apoplexy and paralysis exceeding it in the number of their victims. Moreover, while it has held first place every other year since that state has had any accurate system of registration, excepting in the year 1892, there has been a steady decrease in its fatality, from 24.18 per 10,000 living population in 1884 to 14.43 in 1899, and its percentage of the total mortality has fallen from 14.01 to 8.26. This decrease also begins to appear from the first and before the

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