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November 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(22):1843-1844. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220059021

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Mortality from Stillbirths  An interesting statistical inquiry has been made by Dr. Wesselink as to the causes of death in stillbirths. The inquiry covers all births from 1907 to 1916, or more than 1,500,000 births, with 3.95 per cent, or nearly 16,000, stillbirths. An important observation was to the effect that the number of stillbirths is always the lowest for the third quarter of each year. The mortality from stillbirths is lower in the cities than in the rural districts. In searching for the causes of stillbirths, it was noted that syphilis is ten times more frequent in the cities than in the country. On the other hand, dystocia due to anatomic malformations is a more common cause of death in the rural districts. In view of these two facts (lower urban mortality from stillbirths in spite of the greater frequency of syphilis, and the higher frequency in the rural

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