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AVhat this means may be better appreciated by considering the following mortality rates of ages in a group of the large American cities aggregating over 6,500,000 population: Deaths per 1,000 of infants under 1 year of age, 267.5; of all children under 5 years of age, 88.4; of those between 5 and 10 years, 8.9 ; between 10 and 20 years, 4.6 ; between 20 iind 30 years, 9.4. The newly-arrived immigrants are mainly between the ages of 10 and 40 years, a period when the death rate is about 8 per
... 00. Naturally there will be found less sickness and a lower death rate among these than among the total population. It is not that the tenementhouse district is more conducive to health and long life, but that its present population in this country is of the age "which has the greatest "expectation of life." AVhen the same proportion of infants and children obtains among the immigrants as among other classes of the population, not even the efforts of so efficient a Health Department as that of the city of New York will suffice to keep the tenementhouse mortality proper lower than that of the total popu¬ lation. It should be added, further, that Dr. Tracy does not use the term "tenement-house population " in its ordinary ac¬ ceptation ; but classes as tenements every building occupied by three or more families living independently of each other and doing their own cooking. This novel has a curious reason for being published, namely, the desire of the author to apologize for mugwumpery. The story turns upon an alleged injury to the hero, Rodman Heath, who has received a wound on the head while passing the batteries at New Orleans. The blow causes a depression of the skull and loss of memory of what trans pired during the action. Years after he is trephined and regains the memory of an order, the garbling of which by an enemy lost him many friends. He finally marries his trained nurse, and everybody is happy. The plot is weak, and the use of English mediocre, but the book has nevertheless a certain interest and the author will doubtless improve his English with practice and with the passing of time. A Manual of Human Physiology, prepared with special reference to Students of Medicine.