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The Paris Institute of Puericulture
The creation in France of scientific institutes of puericulture is of comparatively recent date. At first, these were merely consultation centers in the obstetric department, where nurslings were regularly weighed; advice was given to nursing mothers, and bottles of sterilized milk were distributed. The initiative in this field was taken by Professor Budin of Paris and by Dr. Dufour of Fécamp. These consultation centers, scattered all over France, have rendered important service in the crusade against child mortality, which had been high in France. Dr. Variot, who had devoted himself passionately to this work, was unwilling to abandon it when he reached the age of retirement and was supposed to give up his hospital department. He accordingly secured from the city of Paris financial aid for the creation of a special institute of puericulture, to be independent of obstetric hospital service. On his death, in
PARIS. JAMA. 1933;100(17):1353-1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740170051020