Medicine: Healthy Year

The U.S. had never boasted rosier cheeks. Last week the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. reported that the death rate this year is the lowest and the number of births the highest in the nation's history.

In 1947's first six months, the death rate among Metropolitan policyholders (not counting deaths from war wounds) dropped to a record low of 7.6 per 1,000 —3.8% less than last year. There were fewer deaths from most of the major diseases (outstanding exception: cancer). There was also a sharp decline in deaths by violence (suicides, murders, accidents). The report's forecast: thanks to prosperity and medical progress, 1947...

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