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June 22, 1940

The Health of the Chinese in an American City, San Francisco

Author Affiliations

J. C. Geiger, M.D., Emmett E. Sappington, M.D., Roslyn C. Miller and Hilda F. Welke, A.B., San Francisco Department of Public Health. Paper. Pp. 29. San Francisco, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2496. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250070030

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This interesting and instructive report opens with a brief contrast of conditions in the Chinese section of San Francisco in 1870 and the changes that have been made in this section of the city since that time. During the ten year period ended in 1938 there has been a noticeable decrease in the birth rate among the Chinese. Among the tangible results of the efforts in the education of Chinese mothers is the increase in the number of those who have been hospitalized at the time of delivery. In 1929 only 20 per cent of births occurred in hospitals, whereas in 1938 there were 56 per cent, an increase of 180 per cent of birth in hospitals. As a contrast, 82 per cent of citywide births in 1929 were in hospitals and 92 per cent in 1938, an increase of 12 per cent. One of the major health problems in

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