Medicine: Contagious Diseases

The persistence of typhoid fever and smallpox in the U. S. is puzzling epidemiologists.

Too Much Typhoid. Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association published its annual survey of deaths from typhoid fever in U. S. cities of 100,000 or more population. In 1925 there were 77 such cities, 8 more than in 1920. Last year two such cities were entirely free from typhoid fever mortality—Lowell, Mass., and Scranton, Pa. The greatest mortality was in Memphis, Tenn.—28.6 per 100,000.

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