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May 1970

Acute Conditions.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(5):902. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310050140038

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This is another of the exhaustive statistical reviews published by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. From July 1967, to June 1968, the incidence of "acute illnesses or injuries involving medical attention or reduced daily activity was 368.4 million, or a rate of 189.4 conditions per 100 persons per year." The common cold (90.0 million) and influenza-like illnesses (80.2 million) accounted for 46.2 per cent. Replete with breakdown charts; it is an amazing chronicle of the minor infirmities that beset us and cause loss of productive manpower.

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