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November 12, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(20):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420200026003

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At the late annual meeting of the Vermont State Medical Society, the president, Dr. Caverly of Rutland in his address gave some very interesting facts on the above topic. Back in 1815, Dr. Gallup of Woodstock, wrote a small volume "On Epidemic Diseases in the State of Vermont." This was among the first works on infectious diseases published in this country and has both a local and historical value.

In 1857, the State began a system of gathering vital statistics, through the school district clerks, which are tabulated by the Secretary of the State. From these records some very interesting facts concerning the prevalence and mortality of diseases have been gathered. Consumption seems to lead all other diseases, and yet in a period of thirty-two years the deaths have ranged from 650 to 850 yearly. These deaths have been largely young men and women between 20 and 30 years of

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