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October 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):982-983. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410034009

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A French physician has in a recent paper traced a direct connection between taxation and tuberculosis. He finds that the mortality from this cause is very much higher in France than in England, in spite of the climatic disadvantages of the latter country, which with its damper and foggier seasons might be supposed to favor the disease. He accounts for the difference by the better nourishment of the Englishman. The Frenchman is handicapped by excessive taxation, which makes the cost of living high and restricts the poor to bad and insufficient food. In Paris the matter is made worse by the "octroi" laws which make living there much more costly than in its immediate suburbs. All this is due to the costly militarism of continental European states; it is a penalty they pay for distrusting and hating each other. When Great Britain in the early part of the last century

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