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January 31, 1948

MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN ALASKA

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1011 West Alberta Street, Anaheim, Calif.

JAMA. 1948;136(5):347-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890220057022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The special article in The Journal of Oct. 25, 1947, on medical conditions in Alaska contained two statistical items on which further information would be appreciated.

  1. The death rate from tuberculosis is quoted as being 359.1 per hundred thousand for 1945-1946. From that figure it is deduced that the total number of cases of open pulmonary tuberculosis in Alaska approximated 4,500. If we accept the "usual practice of multiplying the number of deaths from tuberculosis by nine to arrive at a conservative figure of open cases" we would arrive at an approximate figure of 3,240, rather than 4,500.

  2. According to the article, 69 per cent of all deaths from communicable disease during 1945 were due to tuberculosis. The death rate from other communicable diseases would amount to approximately 155 per hundred thousand. Which communicable diseases contribute to the majority of these deaths? The report

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