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November 19, 1898

The Vital Statistics of the War.

Author Affiliations

Deputy Surgeon-General, U. S. A.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1252-1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210054011

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Washington, D. C., Nov. 12, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In a communication in the Journal of October 29 I directed attention to the unsubstantial basis on which an editorial writer in the Philadelphia Medical Journal made a demand, on behalf of the medical profession, for an explanation of the fact that the ratio of death from disease to death from all causes was greater in the Spanish War than in the Civil War. The pressure of official business was so heavy that I was unable to discuss the conclusion admissible from the figures given by the journal cited, or to give some statistics which I am confident would have been regarded with interest by the members of the American Medical Association, but this I propose now to do.The statement was made that death from disease formed 66.6 per cent, of the total mortality in the War of the Rebellion

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