Medicine: Health Report

Surgeon General Thomas Parran last week made his annual report to Congress on the state of the nation's health, which the U.S. Public Health Service during the last year spent $115,000,000 trying to better. Some particulars:

¶ U.S. health is just about as bad as it was 25 years ago. In 1918, 34% of men examined were found unfit for military service. Now about 40% are rejected.

¶ The mortality rate for 1943 (not including war casualties) was 10.9 per thousand compared with 10.4 for the previous year. The 21.9 birth rate was the highest since 1924, and the number...

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