Medicine: Suicides Down

Every day a slim, grey agent of the Recording Angel scans all the newspapers which reach his Philadelphia office, meticulously snips out every item about every suicide. Between times Dr. Frederick Ludwig Hoffman, University of Pennsylvania statistician, writes to health officials and registrars of principal U. S. cities, requesting every iota of news about suicides. In this fashion he accumulates one of the most reliable records on earth concerning that army of unhappy souls who would dissipate their troubles in death.

Last week Dr. Hoffman completed and published in Spectator, insurance agents' journal, his...

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