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Source
Journal of the American Medical Association. 1951 Jan;145(2):108
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-1951
Source
Journal of the American Medical Association. 1951 Jan;145(2):108
Date
Jan-1951
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Accidents
Alcoholism
Alaska
Aleuts
Eskimos
Homicides
Indians
Suicides
Tuberculosis
White population
Abstract
Dr. Jack C. Haldeman, medical officer in charge of the Arctic Health Research Center, said in an address before the recent Alaskan Science Conference that (on the basis of reported causes of death) accidents, alcoholism, suicides and homicides, as a group, accounted for 32 per cent of the deaths in Alaska among the white population during the five year period ending December 1949. By comparison, in 1948 only 9 per cent of all deaths in the United States as a whole were attributed to these causes. Alcoholism was reported as the immediate cause of death among the white population 20 times as often in Alaska as in the States and eight times as often among the nonwhite group. Tuberculosis was reported as the cause of death on 43 per cent of all death certificates for Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska in 1946, 10 times as often as in the United States as a whole, and the combined pneumonia-influenza death rate was almost four times that of the States.
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