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June 29, 1912

The Most American City

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Kansas City, Mo.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(26):2044. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060397020

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To the Editor:  —The President's address, given by Dr. Abraham Jacobi, at the recent meeting of the American Medical Association, is a remarkably strong argument as to the means of combating infant mortality, covering as it does all the phases of prevention of this needless waste of life.Among the interesting facts brought out are the statistics quoted as to the number of labors attended by midwives in the various cities, Chicago, 86; St. Louis, 75, and New York, 42 per cent.; in these instances, a survival of old-world customs among our foreign-born people. A marked contrast to Dr. Jacobi's statistics as to the practice of midwives elsewhere is the discovery of the Committee on Regulation of Midwifery Practice of the Obstetric Section of the Jackson County (Mo.) Medical Society, with reference to Kansas City. This committee, consisting of Drs. H. O. Leonard, H. L. Hess and H. B. piled

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