Medical Reports from the Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Ware
1861 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Only twenty marriages are recorded between persons of color. Marriage between whites and negroes is contrary to law, and as the penalty is high to all parties concerned, it rarely takes place. The whole number of deaths was 2,270, this being a smaller number than has been reported since 1856, a result attributable partly at least to the non-prevalence of diseases of the zymotic class. In Bristol County, however, the zymoses were uncommonly prevalent, rendering the rate of mortality considerably
more » ... tality considerably higher in this than in other parts of the State. The least mortality was in the months of June and October, and the greatest in August ; in the latter month, diseases of the bowels prevailing, as in other parts of the country. The mortality seems to have been comparatively large among the aged, and small among children-twenty-five per cent only of deaths in Newport County being of persons under 5 years of age, while in the previous year it was no less than forty per cent. We have only space to add that the classification of the causes of death is, we are convinced, the best, on the whole, that can be adopted ; it being similar to that recommended by the American Medical Association, which is a modification ofthat of Dr. Farr. This divides the causes generally into the zymotic and sporadic, these being again subdivided.
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