April 2, 1932


Author Affiliations

Chicago. Secretary, Public Relations Committee, Chicago Medical Society

JAMA. 1932;98(14):1205. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400083029

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To the Editor:  —By authorization of the Council of the Chicago Medical Society, I write to protest in the name of that organization against articles appearing in lay publications derogatory to the medical profession. The latest contributor to this campaign is de Kruif, who writes in the Ladies' Home Journal on childbed fever, a subject which neither his training nor his experience entitles him to discuss. Organized medicine has spent a wealth of time and money in devising ways and means to reduce the mortality from puerperal fever, and any honest contribution to the solution of the problem would be extremely welcome.In Illinois, especially, a notable reduction in maternal and infant mortality has been secured and this record is the more impressive since it occurs in one of the few states which has not been pauperized by the acceptance of the Sheppard-Towner dole with its matriarchal coddling and paternalistic

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