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April 13, 1946

IMPROVING CHILD CARE

JAMA. 1946;130(15):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870150036011

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Abstract

A recent bulletin from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company characterizes the past thirty-five years as "the golden age of child health." The statistics cited are a startling contrast to the sad pictures painted by the propagandists who want to communize the care of children in the United States. They talk about hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. The statisticians say that the decrease in mortality at the ages of 1 to 14 among white children was close to 80 per cent in the period between 1910 and 1945. The bureaucrats who want to concentrate the care of children in the Children's Bureau speak only of inadequacies in the prevention of infectious diseases. The statisticians say that the death rate from measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough and diphtheria declined over 90 per cent in the period reviewed.

The chief factor in the control of disease is not administration or money; it

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