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June 2, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460220053014

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The report of Major W. C. Gorgas, surgeon U. S. A., chief sanitary officer at Havana, shows for April, 1900, a total of 482 deaths in a population which, according to the official census, numbers 235,000. The principal causes were: tuberculosis, credited with 80 deaths; enteritis, 48; malaria and pernicious malarial fever, 30; meningitis, 22; pneumonia, 18; la grippe, 18; and bronchitis, 17. During the month 137 marriages were reported and the relatively large number of 1084 births. Attached to this report, in the office of the surgeon-general of the army, is a tabulated statement, by months, of the deaths from all causes and from yellow fever since 1890. In only five months during the past 124 months has the number of deaths from all causes been smaller than in April, 1900. In January and February, 1890, the number was respectively 441 and 463; in February, 1893, 442; and in

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