Book Reviews
October 1950

Maternity in Great Britain: A Survey of Social and Economic Aspects of Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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By the Joint Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Population Investigation Committee. Price, $4. Pp. 268, with 47 tables. New York: Oxford University Press, 1948.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(4):707-708. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020719017

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This is a carefully worked out survey of maternity problems in Great Britain. The work was done in 1946, therefore just before socialistic control of the medical profession had reached its present height. The mothers of all babies born during a single week of that year were visited. The area covered included England, Wales and Scotland. A total of 13,687 mothers cooperated, of whom 7,287 filled out questionnaires concerning maternity services and the use made of them. This seems to reduce sampling error, as conclusions reached after a survey of small numbers of persons are likely to be inaccurate. A well formulated printed questionnaire was used.

A number of classes of women were interviewed. They were divided into the wives of professional men or salaried workers, of "black coated (white collar)" wage earners, of manual workers, of agricultural workers and of men in other occupations and unmarried mothers. Some interesting

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