January 28, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(4):303-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690310055021

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Maternal Mortality Not Diminishing  A serious report has been presented to the ministry of health by Dame Janet Campbell, senior medical officer for maternity and child welfare, on the protection of motherhood. She finds that under present conditions child-bearing demands the sacrifice of about one maternal life in 250 births and that many other women suffer subsequently from injury directly due to childbirth. The most important cause of maternal mortality is puerperal sepsis, a preventable condition. Some reduction in its incidence has taken place since the beginning of the century, but during the past few years it has shown even a tendency to rise. Dr. Campbell holds that knowledge of the origin and spread of puerperal sepsis is still limited and inexact and that research is needed to establish its causation and to determine the best methods of prevention and treatment. She finds that most physicians have a limited first-hand

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