Medicine: Health Report

Despite war's strains, the U.S. death rate is not rising. It began going up last September, soon reached a plateau 8 to 10% above the average for the past three years, has stayed there ever since. The Public Health Service reports that in 90 large U.S. cities during the first 16 weeks of 1943, 160,113 people died compared with 146,156 in the same period in 1942—an increase of 9.5% (city rates are not comparable to all-U.S. rates, because rural rates are always lower).

The high rates are not easily explained. All that health officials can...

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