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  • Medical Statistics in EnglandAuthor(s): E. W. KopfSource: Publications of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 15, No. 114 (Jun., 1916), pp.220-221Published by: American Statistical AssociationStable URL: .Accessed: 23/05/2014 20:21

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  • 220 American Statistical Association. [92

    The fifth meeting of the Society was held in New York City on February 25 and 26, 1916, and the following papers were read and discussed:

    Mortality from External Causes among Industrial Policyholders of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1911-1914, Louis I. Dublin.

    Work of the Bureau of Accident and Health Statistics, Benedict D. Flynn. Cost Accounting in Casualty Insurance, Claude E. Scattergood. Compensation Cost of Industrial Diseases, James D. Maddrill. Statistics necessary for Computing Compensation Rates, Edward

    Olifiers. American Methods of Compensating Permanent Partial Disabilities,

    I. M. Rubinow. Since the initial meeting of the Society the following changes have

    occurred in the membership of the Council: Richard Fondiller was elected Editor-Librarian and Messrs. Harwood E. Ryan and Joseph H. Woodward succeeded the retiring members of the Council whose terms expired in 1915.

    Examinations will be held for admission to associateship and fellowship in the Society during the first week in May, 1916.

    The Society's committee on workmen's compensation statistics has published a classification of industries for general use in the compilation of industrial accident and compensation cost statistics. The classifica? tion appears in the November, 1915, number of the Monthly Review of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This committee has under advisement for early publication a classification of accidents by cause and nature.

    E. W. Kopf.


    The organization of the Medical Research Committee in connection with National Health Insurance in the United Kingdom is, perhaps, the most important enterprise in British medical statistics since the establishment of the statistical department of the British Army in 1858.

    Under the National Insurance Act of 1911 a fund of ?55,000 became available for the use of the Committee. Researches are conducted in several departments of the Committee. The one on statistics is directed by Dr. John Brownlee. Some of the papers prepared and published by the department in the first year of the Committee's work are: " Investigations into the Periodicity of Infectious Diseases." Public Health, March, 1915.

    "Four Studies in the Meaning and Relationships of Birth and Death Rates." Journal of Hygiene, Vol. XV, No. 1, July 30, 1915.

    "Historical Note on Farr's Theory of Epidemics." British Medical Journal, Aug. 14, 1915.

    After the beginning of the war the Committee offered their resources to the War Office. The statistical department is now conducting the com? pilation of the sickness statistics of the Home and Expeditionary forces. Arrangements for transcribing the records of the military hospitals have

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  • 93] Reviews and Notes. 221

    been made. In addition, the statistical department has undertaken the sorting and classification of the medical and surgical case sheets from the hospitals. This work renders case history information readily avail? able for the use of medical officers with the forces abroad.

    Dr. Brownlee and his assistants have also made a statistical investiga? tion into the principal characteristics of the male population of the German Empire and have transmitted the report to the British Government.

    The first annual report of the Committee is now available. E. W. Kopf.

    Unmarried Girls with Sex Experience. Bureau for Social Research of the Seybert Institution, Philadelphia, Carol Aronovici, Ph.D., Director. Bulletin I. 48 pp.

    This is a study in a small way of the immoral girls under institutional care in the city of Philadelphia. Altogether 616 girls were studied, 392 in the House of Correction, 147 in the House of Refuge, 55 in the Magdalen Home, and 22 in the Midnight Mission. The principal results of the study were to show that in a large majority of cases the girls came from families in which the relationship between parents was abnormal, or where one of the parents was away from home. That feeble-mindedness was a decisive factor in causing immorality was not proved. To place such girls in domestic service was to expose them to peculiar temptations. It was recommended that industrial employment rather than domestic service be found for girls discharged from these institutions.

    The statistical evidence afforded by this study corroborates the evidence afforded by other investigations of a similar nature in this country. The tables as a rule are well planned and intelligible to the lay reader. Table II, showing for Sleighton Farms their first parole placements according to causes of return, is not as clear to the untrained reader as it might be. The advisability of including percentages in a table where the total number of cases is quite small seems rather debatable. Only 22 cases from the Midnight Mission were studied and yet the items making up this total of 22 are distributed according to percents. Where the total number of cases is less than 100 it is seldom desirable to include a percentage table.

    This first Bulletin seems to promise an interesting series of studies from the Bureau for Social Research of the Seybert Institution.

    Wm. B. B.

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    Article Contentsp. 220p. 221

    Issue Table of ContentsPublications of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 15, No. 114 (Jun., 1916), pp. 129-224Some Problems of Population Growth [pp. 129-148]The Budgets of Smith College Girls [pp. 149-156]A Comparison of the Relative Healthfulness of Certain Cities in the United States Based Upon the Study of Their Vital Statistics [pp. 157-174]The Improvement of Statistics of Cause of Death Through Supplementary Inquiries to Physicians [pp. 175-191]Statistical Tabulation and Practice [pp. 192-200]Statistical Standardization in Washington [pp. 201-204]Classification and Limitations of Statistical Graphics [pp. 205-209]The Use of the Correspondence Method in Original Research [pp. 210-218]Reviews and NotesCasualty Actuarial and Statistical Society of America [pp. 219-220]Medical Statistics in England [pp. 220-221]Unmarried Girls with Sex Experience [pp. 221]New Statistical Books Added to Boston Public Library During Quarter Ending March 31, 1916 [pp. 222]Review: untitled [pp. 222-223]Resolution [pp. 223-224]Committees [pp. 224]


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