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November 23, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(21):1778-1779. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530210050007

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It is not often that a fashion journal touches so serious or so important a topic as the gradual disappearance of the child from American families, but an excellent review of the curious situation developing in this regard appears in the November number of the Delineator. We have been a little surprised that it has not given rise to more comment, for it contains some startling details. Mrs. Lydia K. Commander, who for some years has made a special study of this subject and has written on it on various occasions, calls attention to the fact that probably 2,000,000 American homes are without a child. Her statistics are founded on the recent report of a Massachusetts investigation, which shows that about one out of the six homes in the state of Massachusetts is without a child. It is acknowledged that probably conditions are worse in Massachusetts than elsewhere, and so

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