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November 19, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1252. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210054010

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In 1894 an international committee of military medical men of which Dr. John S. Billings, then lieutenant-colonel and deputy surgeon-general on the active list of our army, was chairman, met at Buda-Pesth, Hungary, and formulated a series of international statistical tables with the view of enabling a ready comparison of the prevalence and fatality of disease in the various armies to be made. These tables were formally adopted, and since 1895 Surgeon-General Sternberg has embodied them in his annual reports. Chiefs of the medical departments of other countries have not been so prompt in getting up their statistics in this comparable form. In the Journal of May 21, 1898, we noted the publication of the first tables of this kind issued by the British Government, for the year 1896. We have now to record the publication of similar tables from the Netherlands for the year 1897 in the form of

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