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January 26, 1935

Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia, 1931-1933

JAMA. 1935;104(4):343. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760040075034

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This is packed full of valuable information regarding maternal mortality in a large city. A proper review of it would require many pages. The study was conducted on the lines pursued by the committee of the Academy of Medicine of New York in 1933, thus making the two results comparable to some extent. As always with statistical studies it is impossible to find a common ground, common definitions and complete (if not biased) original entries. It is stated that, while the birth rate in Philadelphia during the last thirteen years has dropped from 41,343 to 30,753, the maternal death rate has had no reduction, yet a table reads that the death rate was 6.3 in 1932 and 4.4 in 1933 per thousand total births. There has been a decrease in deaths from puerperal infection but the gain is made up by loss of mothers from other causes.

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