September 13, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(11):806-807. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110042018

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The Undiminishing Maternal Mortality  The departmental committee on maternal mortality and morbidity, appointed by the ministry of health, has presented an important report. The committee consisted of eminent obstetricians and physicians who were requested "to advise upon the application to maternal mortality and morbidity of the medical and surgical knowledge at present available and to inquire into the needs and direction of further research work." The report opens with a review of the existing conditions, showing that whereas the birth rate has fallen since 1911-1915 from 23.6 to 16.3 per thousand, the infant death rate from 109 to 70 per thousand births, and the general death rate from 14.3 to 13.4 per thousand, the maternal mortality has risen from 4 to 4.3 per thousand births of live children. Thus, in spite of the advance of science and of efforts to reduce the mortality, it remains unimproved. The maternal mortalities of

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