February 24, 1906

Infantile Mortality and Infants' Milk Depot.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350053029

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This book deals with the problem of infant mortality and the measures taken to reduce it in various countries, in France, England and the United States. Attention is called at the outset to the declining birth rate, both in England itself and in some of the colonies, especially Australia. It is a declining fertility which has evidently stimulated McCleary to write the book. He points out the urgent necessity of reducing the high mortality among infants in order to offset the low birth rate, and in discussing the causes of this high mortality gives the chief place to improper feeding. To correct this he lays down two general principles: First, a more general encouragement of breast feeding, and, second, where this is impossible the provision of a pure, properly prepared cow's milk. The elaboration of these two principles constitutes the bulk of the book, and while throughout due emphasis is

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