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November 16, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1678-1679. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200036007

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The wave of reform in the milk supply of large cities has done much to reduce the death rate among young children in the summer, and has demonstrated beyond all doubt that much infant mortality and morbidity depends not on mysterious factors but on so simple a fact as the quality of the milk. Smaller towns and country places have not been affected so favorably by this movement as the larger cities, and it seems doubtful whether or not the elaborate measures for the protection of milk from contamination, and especially the icing of it so that whatever microbic content there may be shall not increase in quantity, will be feasible in ordinary country districts. It is true that milk does not have to be transported long distances for the smaller towns, and that the time between milking and consumption is comparatively short, yet even a few hours of warm

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