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To the Editor:
—As an illustration of the difficulties of securing birth and death registration, I am enclosing copy of a certificate of death received at our office, which we afterward found to be due to hydrocephalus, the physician being, as stated, in the war. The spelling is exactly as given: this deth wos from magnesium of the bran the Dr wated on this child is in wor surves.We also enclose a letter which we have just received from one of our midwives showing the task which we have before us in our effort to teach these women to be safe obstetricians:Dear Sirs: i an sending for more eye drops i am only got two in the box please send me a bottle of that medecine to give the paceions after the babies is born and send me some blue mas pills to wash my hands in please
Plecker WA. DIFFICULTIES OF SECURING VITAL STATISTICS AND OF REGULATING MIDWIVES. JAMA. 1920;74(15):1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620150047026