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May 10, 1902

Unfair Deductions from Statistics.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190050014

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Abstract

Davenport, Iowa, April 28, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In the volume of papers and reports just issued by the American Public Health Association, the deaths from typhoid fever during the years 1898, 1899 and 1900 in 135 municipalities are given under the misleading title, "Typhoid Fever Death-Rates in American Cities." In the interest of accurate statistics and the fair fame of many of the cities misrepresented by this title, I wish to enter a vigorous protest against the article in question.The rates given are based on but three years' data, and those are the least representative of local conditions that could possibly have been selected. In them was observed, all over the Union, a marked increase of enteric fever due to no change in local conditions, but scattered broadcast by returning soldiers from the Spanish war. It is unjust to select this particular brief period to show the typhoid

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