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March 18, 1944


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Cornell University Medical College, New York 21.

JAMA. 1944;124(12):795. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850120053022

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To the Editor:—  I have been interested in reading Dr. Edith L. Potter's article on "The Lessons to Be Learned from a Study of Infant Deaths" appearing in The Journal, February 5. The analysis of the causes of early infant deaths is illuminating, as is the account of the praiseworthy steps taken in Chicago to ameliorate these conditions.In illustrating statistically the progress made in Chicago, however, I do raise the question of using the rates in the country as a whole as a background for comparison. Would it not be much more convincing to compare Chicago's position with other large cities—Detroit, New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia and others? When comparisons are made with the country as a whole, the cards are stacked against the smaller cities and the rural areas primarily because of lack of resources and facilities, the lesser opportunities for attracting professional skills and economic inability to take

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