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November 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(18):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470440036007

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The health department of Havana and its suburbs, under the military government of Cuba, is making records. The report for the month of September just received shows a total of 339 deaths, a death rate for the city of only 15.64, a lower figure than New York or Berlin can show for the same period and a very respectable index of healthfulness for any city. The lowest number of deaths for any previous month was 496 in 1899, and the average since 1889, 875.45. Yellow fever, which has averaged 70 deaths each September for the last eleven years and never before had less than 18 victims in the month, this year had only two. Taking the yellow fever year as commencing April 1, there has been an average of 296 deaths each year between that date and the first of October; this year there were only 5. This year, since

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