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November 3, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(18):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750440055026

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To the Editor:—  I should like to offer a criticism of the work reported by Drs. Grulee, Sanford and Herron in The Journal, September 8, page 735. The authors have done a fine piece of work but I feel that they make a generalization which does not follow the results of their work when they deduce that in order "to decrease further the infant mortality of this country it must be done by encouraging breast feeding."The authors use as material the records taken from 20,061 babies who were under the care of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago for as long as nine months during the years 1924-1929 inclusive. The society has stations in the poorest sections of the city.These infants, in my opinion, do not represent (as the authors claim) "a true cross section of the national urban life," for there are no corresponding data about the

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