Medicine: Heart Diseases

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:

1925 1924

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...

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