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June 9, 1945

The Abortion Problem. Proceedings of the Conference Held Under the Auspices of the National Committee on Maternal Health, Inc., at the New York Academy of Medicine, June 19th and 20th, 1942

JAMA. 1945;128(6):471-472. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860230075031

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Abstract

It augurs well for medical and social thinking that physicians, jurists and social workers foregathered in a two day conference to discuss the problem of abortion. The calling of such a conference would have been tabooed in 1920. The conference occupied itself with both voluntary and involuntary abortion. New light was not shed on the etiology and treatment of this condition, with the exception of Dr. Philip Levine's discussion of the Rh factor as a possible cause in spontaneous abortion. The reports on frequency of abortion by P. K. Whelpton in the Indianapolis survey and the statistical study by Halbert A. Dunn are illuminating. Their estimate of the number of abortions in the United States is probably too low. Surely the ratio of one abortion to every five confinements even in the rural districts is too low an estimate. Taussig's calculation of 734,000 abortions in 1940 is also an underestimate,

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