Last fortnight the Bureau of the Census published its analysis of the 1,219,019 U. S. deaths that occurred during 1925. For every 100,000 of the population the death rate remained the same, 1,180, as in 1924. But according to diseases, it varied thus:
Heart Diseases 185.5 178.1 Gain
Kidney Diseases 96.3 89.9 Gain
Pneumonia 93.5 98.2 Loss
Cancer 92.6 91.9 Gain
Tuberculosis 86.8 91.9 Loss
Twenty-five years ago this array was otherwise. Tuberculosis then was the chief cause of death. But doctors have taught defense against contaminated surroundings. People have learned to...