Feb. 10, 1920.
The Increase of Mortality in Madrid in December and January
Dr. Lasbesnes, director of the bureau of statistics of Madrid, has furnished some interesting data for The Journal on sanitary conditions at Madrid during the months of December, 1919, and January, 1920. The highest mortality ever reached at Madrid during the present century is shown. The number of deaths at Madrid is always smallest during the month of September, after which it increases gradually, reaching the highest point in January. This happened last fall and winter; but this time the increase in mortality was so great that it caused much anxiety. In the middle of December, 1919, the number of deaths was very high, exceeding greatly the average for this part of the year. The total number of deaths during this month was 2,803. In the last nineteen years there have only been two months with over